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Gazprom bought social networks VKontakte and Mail.ru (VK)


It appeared on the network that the VK company (formerly called Mail.ru Group) is changing the largest voting shareholder. USM of Alisher Usmanov is replaced by the SOGAZ group.

Considering that earlier, at the end of November, Sberbank also sold its second largest stake in VK to Gazprombank, now Gazprom’s structures hold most of the voting shares of the domestic IT giant.

Shareholding in VK has largely determined the development and has become an important part of the history of our holding. Our approach is maximum freedom of action for a young and energetic management, so three years ago my partners and I transferred the right to vote with our VK shares to its management. Today we are withdrawing from the capital of the company, leaving it at the peak of indicators both in terms of the number of the audience and in terms of financial metrics.

Alisher Usmanov

Recall that the renaming of Mail.ru Group into VK became known on October 12, 2021. The new company got its name in honor of one of its projects – VKontakte.

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