In April 2014, Durov stated he had sold his stake in the company after "coming under increasing pressure" from federal law enforcement to hand over personal details of users who were members of a VK group dedicated to the Euromaidan protest movement.
On April 1, 2014, Durov submitted his resignation to the board; at first, due to the fact the company confirmed he had resigned, it was believed to be related to the Ukrainian crisis which started in February of the same year.
In the same month, the site was subjected to a severe DDo S attack, which briefly put it offline.
The site allows its users to upload, search and stream media content, such as videos and music.
VK features an advanced search engine, that allows complex queries for finding friends, as well as a real-time news search. As of October 2016 the site is available in 83 languages, while advertisements are only shown in the Russian and Ukrainian versions.
VK performed DDOS attacks on certain sites, making users' browsers send multiple requests to the target site without their consent.
The targets were the Runet Prize voting page in 2008 It was done by inserting an iframe and a piece of Java Script code which periodically reloaded the iframe.
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.
Combined with Durov's personal 12% stake, this gave him 52% of the votes.
while Lev Leviev sold his 8% share in the same deal, giving United Capital Partners 48% ownership.
The judge ruled that the social network is not responsible for the content uploaded by its users.
In November 2014, the head of The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, Maxim Ksenzov, said that Vkontakte will complete the process of legalization of the content at the beginning of 2015.
Russian-speaking users can choose between the standard Russian version and two extras: a Soviet version and a Pre-Revolutionary version. telegrams for messages and comrades for friends), these versions contain other easter eggs.