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Durov Pavel Valeryevich




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Durov Pavel Valeryevich


Was born in Leningrad on October 10, 1984. His father is the famous philologist Valery Semyonovich Durov, the author of many scientific works. Pavel in 2001 ended the Academic gymnasium, and in 2006 — Philological faculty of St. Petersburg State University. In September of the same year VKontakte — the main, today, Durov's project started. In 2007 the Business St. Petersburg newspaper it was recognized by one of winners in tender of "The best young entrepreneurs of 2007". According to some information Pavel — the associate Mensah, integrating people with high IQ.

In 2008 it started new "cover" of social network "VKontakte" — in which User API which is specially developed for creation of third-party social networks is used.

Pavel Durov is known also as the creator of other, less large student's projects, in particular — the website focused, first of all, on students of humanitarian specialties, and SPBGU.RU — a forum of students of SPbSU.


  • The Forbes magazine published[1] in March, 2018 the rating of billionaires which 102 Russian businessmen[2] entered]. Pavel Durov who for the first time became the participant of rating takes in it the 1394th place.
  • As of 2011 Pavel Durov having a status in 7.9 billion rubles takes the 350th place in the rating of the Russian billionaires.

Conspiracy and interview

Pavel Durov is a non-public person. Unlike Albert Popkov, the founder of social network Odnoklassniki, Durov does not take part in any Russian IT conferences, like REEVES, KIBOV and similar. It is not shown on television.

It gave the first public interview at the specialized DLD conference at the beginning of 2012 in Munich. Complete interpretation of an interview can be considered it here.

Pavel Durov's performance on DLD in Munich with the Russian subtitlings

Because of Durov's reserve many drew a conclusion earlier that such person just does not exist. Or, as option, it exists (as there are photos made in different circumstances), but actually is not the first person of social network.

The hometown of Pavla in its profile on own social network specifies Turin. However its image is firmly attached to St. Petersburg — to the city which is considered "the territory of VKontakte".

Pavel Durov was also noticed on the news website Roem.Ru where he periodically writes comments on articles connected with VKontake. It also has pages of VKontakte, on social networks Google + and Facebook and own blog in LiveJournal.

Projects on the Internet

The social network "VKontakte", the Russian clone of Facebook, grew from a forum of students of the St. Petersburg university. The forum was created by Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolay. VKontakte became public at the very end of 2006, and in the summer of the 2007th on him the million user was registered.

The DST fund (later turned into Group) purchased 24.99% of the project proceeding from assessment of the company in $65.2 million. In the fall of the 2010th Group bought in addition another 7.5% of social network for $112.5 million: the website was estimated already at $1.5 billion po monthly audience (21.5 million are TNS, December, 2010) VKontakte concedes only to "Yandex" and, on the website more than 110 million accounts are registered.

Pavel Durov is known also as the creator of other, less large student's projects, in particular — the website focused, first of all, on students of humanitarian specialties, and SPBGU.RU — a forum of students of SPbSU.


  • Pavel Durov adheres to libertarian economic and political views. Libertarianism — political philosophy which cornerstone prohibition on "aggressive violence", i.e. prohibition on use of force or threats of use of force to other person, or its property, contrary to a will of this person is. Prohibition on aggressive violence is legal, but not ethical. In other words, libertarianism means that violations of this prohibition should be prosecuted.

  • More than 10 years — since when I was very rather poor student — I am not tired to repeat: money is overpriced because creation is much more interesting than consumption, and internal state is incommensurable more important than external. As soon as you do a cult of money and exchange "be" on "seem", you send yourself to voluntary slavery. Debts because of status tinsel, boring work with sad pants, need to lie and betray the world — here only a part of that price which you pay for excessive aspiration to paper[3].

  • In December, 2011, in connection with protests against falsification of results of State Duma elections, FSB suggested Durov to block five communities (four of which contain in the name a phrase contra of the United Russia'") and two meetings in VKontakte network. Durov refused to make it. After that its agenda caused for giving explanations in prosecutor's office of St. Petersburg. Afterwards Durov said that he did not block oppositional groups only of commercial interests, unwillingness "give odds to all competing platforms" and lose clients.

  • Pavel Durov is a vegetarian.

  • On May 28, 2012 - Durov Pavel threw out from a window of office "VKontakte" 250 thousand rubles in honor of the City Day of St. Petersburg.

5 claims of Pavel Durov to the Russian school

One of founders of social network "VKontakte" and the founder of the Telegram messenger Pavel Durov often (and it is fair) criticizes modern Russian education. In the edition Chalk collected in the summer of 2017 in the main theses of the Russian entrepreneur about to what the school of the 21st century[4][5]should learn [6].

  • In the conditions of the current economic uncertainty and fast changings officials from education cannot just know what skills and knowledge will be demanded in 5 or 10 years. Their activities for standardization of school programs — dangerous roulette game at which the future of the whole nation is put on one any number. It is necessary to destandartizirovat an education system. Present schools thought during an industrial era and remind factories on which pipelines sample views take root. Specialists of the 21st century can be trained only in non-standard educational institutions.
  • Official curricula show a separation from reality already today. The average graduate of modern Russian school practically does not know either Russian, or English. And meanwhile, all that is necessary for the effective member of information society - it are ownership of these two languages and also skills of arithmetics. If a system does not cope even with this basic task, there is no sense to discuss its progress in dissemination of knowledge about a paramecium caudatum.
  • Many schools of the future will become experimental platforms like technology startups. Deafening success will be result of work of some of such schools, others will finish the history with an enormous failure. The number of unknown is huge, and the way to the future lies only through an experiment. One can be told precisely — secondary education of the 21st century will become more various and interesting.
  • The education system in Russia should be flexible, provide training in non-standard programs. The main property of the state in the 21st century — free people and their creativity. One of the major skills during our mobile and on-line era which meets more and more seldom — capability to hours-long concentration on one occupation. But this skill is necessary for intellectual, creative or spiritual break. The future for those who will develop immunity to technology traps of attention and will save capability to long concentration.
  • Once I began to see how some people suffer a defeat not because are not able to consider — and because of inability to understand why so occurred. They were able to find excuses, but to understand — no.


  • In March, 2012 it became known that the Wikimedia fund accepted Pavel Durov's donation, the head of the press service of a resource Vladislav Tsyplukhin reported. Durov promised to offer $1 million for development of Wikipedia on the conference air with participation of the management of the encyclopedia in January, 2012. He explained the desire to support the encyclopedia financially by the fact that the Wikipedia project is very important for the Internet and is a global phenomenon. According to Tsyplukhin, money is already transferred and in the nearest future should come to Wikimedia.

  • On July 16, 2012 Pavel Durov handed $50 thousand to world-best programmers. School students from China were them. The first and second places of the Open World Cup in programming of VK of CUP initiated by the head of VKontakte Pavel Durov were occupied by school students from China. They received $30 thousand and $20 thousand respectively. The school student got the third place from Belarus, he received $10 thousand.


  • Winner of grants of the Russian President and Government of the Russian Federation, triple winner of a grant Vladimir Potanin, winner of the Olympic Games in linguistics, information science and design.

  • In 2007 the Business St. Petersburg newspaper it was recognized by one of winners in tender of "The best young entrepreneurs of 2007".

  • In 2011 Pavel Durov and also Arkady Volozh - the CEO of Yandex Company and Yury Milner - the co-owner of Group and DST Global became leaders TOP-30 the key persons most of which influenced development of Runet in the Russian version of the Forbes magazine.

Russia will publish Pavel Durov's biography

Один из первых вариантов обложки книги
In November, 2012 in sale there is Code of Durov — the book by the writer and journalist Nikolay Kononov in which he will tell earlier unknown details how 28-year-old Pavel Durov became one of the most successful Russian businessmen for only several years.

"It — eternal resisting, contrarian, the absolute egoist and the single. The hereditary philologist comes of good kin. He has very gifted parents, the ingenious elder brother who works as the technical director of VKontakte and does so that all this wildly loaded system did not fall. All methods and methods to store information and to distribute it were thought up by his brother, this absolute know-how. Developers conferences where they tell how they store information, bring together fans, approximately as concerts of stadium groups", - the author of the book in one of an interview[7] tells[7].

According to Nikolay Kononov, he began to write the book about Pavle Durov when worked in Forbes. The journalist found for the St. Petersburg acquaintances of the writer and began to collect about him biographic data, and then some time at him left on persuading Durov to provide on himself information. A decisive argument in its advantage as biographer of steel not only recommendation of mutual friends, but also the fact that he assured Pavel: he is interested not so much its status, how many a way as entrepreneur.

In the book Nikolay Kononov promises to dispel myths about mafia financing sources of VKontakte, to tell in detail about a role in creation of social network of Vyacheslav Mirilashvili and the elder brother Pavel Durov who always remains in his shadow. In the book there will also be many other interesting episodes: for example, the story about Pavel Durov's meeting with Mark Zuckerberg in Silicon Valley, episodes from his childhood in Italy and another. Nikolay Kononov also announced negotiation with a number of producers who showed interest to shooting based on the book.

Interesting Facts

2017: Attempts of FBI to recruit Pavel Durov

Messages about attempts of FBI to set up cooperation with the founder of Telegram and social network "VKontakte" appeared in the spring of 2017. Durov shared details of these attempts in an interview to the American magazine The Baffler[8].

According to him, the first attempts of FBI of coercion to cooperation took place in 2014. Durov then sold the share fraction to VKontakte and emigrated from Russia after requirements of FSB to provide personal information of organizers of "Euromaidan". At intersection of the American border of Durov at once undertook to interrogate FBI. Then everything was limited to several questions of its cooperation with Russian authorities.

Suggested to give to Durov later the e-mail address to which representatives of intelligence agencies could send letters with offers on cooperation concerning the Telegram messenger. According to Durov, he ignored these offers.

During the visit on the Google I/O conference to San Francisco FBI agents tried to come into contact with Durov again. Showed it the court order and suggested to create an informal communication channel through which it would be possible to communicate about terrorists. Durov refused again and assumed in an interview that the court order was most likely counterfeit.

A year later in this way tried to recruit one of Telegram developers. At first the staff of cyberdivision of FBI interrogated the developer, and then offered it about $10 thousand for cooperation. The developer refused the offer and reported to Durov the matter.

The founder of Telegram also noted extremely high level of preparation and gravity of intentions of the American intelligence agencies.


On September 20, 2012 - the Police of St. Petersburg refused to bring criminal case about extremism according to the statement of the head of Present Life fund Svetlana Los. She accused the founder of social network "VKontakte" of incitement of hatred to dogs, bums and football fans. Signing up in Twitter became the reason.


Pavel Durov's profile of VKontakte

Pavel Durov's profile in Google network +

Pavel Durov's profile in Facebook

The blog by Pavel Durov in LJ

Website of students philologists of

The first video interview of Pavel Durov on DLD Conference 2012


  2. [ of The List 2018 Ranking Russia
  3. Pavel Durov's Note about money
  4. of 5 claims of Pavel Durov to the Russian shkolepo
  5. , Moskovsky Komsomolets, the Poster, Harvard Business Review Russia and books by Nikolay Kononov "
  6. the materials Durov's Code. Real story of "VKontakte' and her creator" (MIF publishing house, 2012)
  7. 7,0 7,1 [ Nikolay Kononov
  8. details of attempts of FBI to recruit Pavel Durov Became known