Russian social network vKontakte has been a bugbear for music rightsholders for several years, but in recent times the site has taken steps towards cracking down on filesharing within its system. That’s not all that has changed, though.
For a primer on the troubled recent history of vKontakte, read the profile on Vice’s Motherboard site, which explains how founder and CEO Pavel Durov lost control of the company to Kremlin allies. “The social network has been essentially lobotomized. Since Durov’s ouster, the media sharing and political content has disappeared (meanwhile, violent homophobia surged),” notes the piece. “Most of the content shared on VK is sympathetic to the Kremlin”.