suggesting his dismissal was the result of both his refusal to hand over personal details of users to federal law enforcement and his refusal to hand over the personal details of people who were members of a VKontakte group dedicated to the Euromaidan protest movement.
As with most social networks, the site's core functionality is based around private messaging and sharing photos, status updates and links with friends.
In the same month, the site was subjected to a severe DDo S attack, which briefly put it offline.
The user base reached 1 million in July 2007, and 10 million in April 2008.
VK features an advanced search engine, that allows complex queries for finding friends, as well as a real-time news search.