Creator of Vkontakte Tells of FSB Demands to Close Opposition Groups

posted 8 Dec 2011, 14:13 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 8 Dec 2011, 14:20 ]
Source: (info), 08/12/11

· Freedom of expression  · Security agencies  · Protests

Creator of the social network VKontakte, Pavel Durov, has spoken about pressure he has come under from the Federal Security Service (“FSB”). User edvvvard (Eduard Kot), administrator of the group “RosPil – war on corruption – Aleksei Navalny”, has published an exchange with Pavel Durov on his blog.

According to Eduard Kot, on the evening of 6 December the group found itself unable to introduce new themes or to leave commentaries. He wrote about this in Twitter, and Pavel Durov responded: “A group has been limited to 16,384 posts a day. Now we are changing the algorithm for your sake.” As a result the maximum number of publications was increased to 64,000.

As reports, after this there was an exchange between Eduard Kot and Pavel Durov on VKontakte. The administrator of Navalny’s group thanked the creator of the social network for his quick resolution of the problem. In reply, Pavel Durov wrote: “Everything is OK. In recent days the FSB has asked us to block opposition groups, including yours. We shall not do this as a matter of principle. I don’t know how this may end for us, but we intend to make a stand.” [Read more]