In January 2014, VK's founder Pavel Durov sold his 12% stake in the company to the CEO of Megafon, which is controlled by Alisher Usmanov.
Following the deal, Usmanov and his allies controlled around 52% of the company.
User registration was initially limited to within university circles exclusively by invitation, but the site still grew quickly.
In February 2007 the site reached a user base of over 100,000 and was recognized as the second largest player in Russia's nascent social network market.
The user base reached 1 million in July 2007, and 10 million in April 2008.
When he comes home he notices that some things have changed, badly.
At home lives his mother, his step-dad and his two sisters (one younger, one older).
Founder Pavel Durov launched VKontakte for beta testing in September 2006, having just graduated from St Petersburg State University.
The following month, the domain name was registered.
In December 2008 VK overtook rival Odnoklassniki as Russia's most popular social networking service.