Contents tagged with Vkontakte

  • Mail.Ru Group estimates $13 million losses due to blocking of its services on the territory of Ukraine

    Due to the blocking of VKontakte, Odnoklassniki, and other Mail.Ru Group services in Ukraine, the company will lose about 1.5% of its revenues in 2017, which is about 790 million to 809 million rubles or slightly over thirteen million dollars. This is reported in the company's report for the second quarter of 2017.

    "The blocking of our products in Ukraine in the second quarter had an adverse impact on our revenues. We estimate the negative impact at 1.5% of our total revenue in 2017. Despite …

  • Ukraine sends a letter to the EU citing ‘Russian aggression’ as the reason for blocking access to Russian websites

    Ukraine sent a letter to the Council of Europe detailing its official position on the blocking of Russian Internet sites and the introduction of economic sanctions against companies from the Russian Federation.

    According to the Evropeiska Pravda publication, the European Council posted a notice about the receipt of this document from Ukraine on its web site dedicated to the safety of journalists.

    “The aggression of the Russian Federation and the problems that Ukraine faces require appropriate …

  • Security Service of Ukraine opened 34 criminal proceedings against users of VKontakte and Odnoklassniki social networks

    Since early 2017, the Security Service of Ukraine has opened 34 criminal proceedings against users of the social networks, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, on charges of spreading anti-Ukrainian propaganda, the press service of the SBU reports.

    "During January - June 2017 the SBU filed cases against the account owners and administrators of the social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, for disseminating appeals to overthrow the constitutional system and state power in the country, as well as …

  • VKontakte and Yandex remain in the top 5 visited websites in Ukraine in spite of sanctions

    According to a study by Factum Group Ukraine, Russian resources VKontakte and Yandex, which have been banned in Ukraine, were included in the top-5 ranked websites visited by Ukrainian users in June 2017, the press service of the Internet Association reports.The top five are Google, Youtube, Facebook, VKontakte and Yandex. Odnoklassniki and Mail.ru made the top 10, in 6th and 9th place, respectively.

    On May 16, 2017, President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree enacting the decision of the …

  • Ukrainian President refused to lift ban on VKontakte social network

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko responded to a public petition demanding to unlock the Russian social network VKontakte, as reported on the website of the President Administration.

    “I do not think it is possible to support the electronic petition to unlock the Internet resource Vkontakte,” he said in response to the petition. As Poroshenko noted, the application of special economic and restrictive measures to the Russian holding Mail.ru Group and other Russian Internet companies for …

  • After the ban on Russian social networks, the number of Ukrainian Facebook users grew by 25%

    The Ukrainian audience on Facebook has grown by almost a 25% in the past two weeks adding 1.5 million users, as reported by Watcher online newspaper.

    As of today, Facebook has 8.3 million Ukrainian users. According to the methodology established by the American social network, users are considered to be people who have been logged in and used the social network at least once within the last 30 days.

    Over the past 8 years - since April 2009 – the Facebook audience in Ukraine has grown by 131 …

  • Poroshenko plans to sign law banning St. George's ribbon in Ukraine

    President Petro Poroshenko will sign a law banning St. George's ribbon as soon as it arrives from the Verkhovna Rada. He stated this on Sunday in his speech on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression in the Historical-Memorial Reserve 'Bykivnia Graves'.

    Poroshenko noted that eight years ago the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly adopted a resolution on the identity of the Nazi and Stalin regimes and proposed a joint day for the memory of the victims of Stalinism …

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of waging hybrid war, moves to block Russian media and social networks

    On May 16, Ukraine put the Russian social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki on the sanctions list. The Ukrainian president signed a decree affirming the ruling of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) from April 28 to expand the list of physical and legal entities with sanctions against them.

    Which companies are on the sanctions list ?

    In total there are 1228 physical persons and 468 companies on the updated list. Firstly, Ukraine has introduced sanctions against the major …

  • Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs calls for blocking of social networks Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki

    Advisor to the Ministrer of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Zoryan Shkiryak called for the blocking of the social network sites Vkontakte (InContact) and Odnoklassniki (Classmates) in the country’s territory. It is necessary to block these sites because they are “completely controlled and run by the Russian Secret Service,” he said on Thursday, February 16 at a briefing in Kyiv.

    Shkiryak noted that the Russian Secret Service creates groups with “eloquent sounding patriotic names,” which do the …