Pavel Durov, Russia’s Zuckerberg, Is Done Hiding

Pavel Durov of Vkontakte speaks during the 2012 Digital Life Design conference (DLD) at HVB Forum in Munich, Germany. Photographer: Nadine Rupp/Getty Images

Pavel Durov, who has built Russia’s largest social network, is known as being a bit of a recluse. As the world grew fascinated by the resiliency of Durov’s website VKontakte, which has so far successfully fended off advances by Facebook in Russia, the founder shunned countless opportunities to speak publicly. Before last month, the Mark Zuckerberg of Russia, as he’s known, had appeared on stage at just one technology event in Europe.

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