Durov is certainly a character – he's known for wearing all-black, loving the "Matrix" films, and refusing to drink or smoke –and the Italian-raised entrepreneur had gained a reputation as a champion of free speech, although some, such as our own Will Englund, questioned whether that reputation really stuck.
So who is running Russia's biggest social network and its 100 million active users' accounts now?
Durov says that the Web site is now under the "under the complete control of Igor Sechin and Alisher Usmanov," and the evidence seems to support him. Ilya Sherbovich, a businessman with links to Sechin, led a hostile takeover against Durov last year that loosened Durov's grip on his creation. Usmanov is a major investor in Mail.ru, the Russian Internet group which bought shares that bought what remained of Durov's shares in March.