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Pavel Durov

Pavel Durov

Company:

Telegram

Designation:

CEO

The entrepreneur is best known for the Russian-language social networking site VK and Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service with more than 200 million monthly users. In December 2017, he set up shop in Dubai, citing its favourable tax environment. In April 2018 he criticised the Russian government’s decision to ban Telegram after the company refused to hand over encryption keys to Russian security services.