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Russian Internet Roundup: Odnoklassniki New Design, Money@Mail.ru, Yandex ICQ

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Posted by: Quintura @ 09:14 [6. 08. 09]

– The leading Russian social network, Odnoklassniki.ru, which is majority owned by a Facebook investor DST (Digital Sky Technologies) has announced a new site design to provide a better site navigation and increase page load speed. Odnoklassniki.ru, which has 40 million registered accounts and 10 million daily users, has revealed its first major site re-design [...]

World’s Most Engaged Social Networking Audience Is in Russia

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Posted by: Quintura @ 07:05 [3. 07. 09]

It is no surprise that MySpace has decided to close down its Russian office. The latest study of social networking in Russia has found that MySpace and Facebook attracted just 371,000 and 616,000 Russian visitors in May 2009, respectively, says comScore. This represented a reach of only 1% and 2% of 31.9 million Russian online [...]

MySpace po Russki to Close its Office in Russia

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Posted by: Quintura @ 20:45 [23. 06. 09]

MySpace, which has announced restructuring its international operations, will close its Russian office on June 30, confirmed MySpace Russia’s Legal Director Andrei Mironov to Webplanet. MySpace opened the Russian office in Moscow in 2008. MySpace Russia operations is managed by CEO Alexander Turkot. The company lists 8 employees on its Russian web-page. According to TNS [...]

Odnoklassniki.ru and Vkontakte Investor Seeks Board Seat at Facebook

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Posted by: Quintura @ 12:41 [25. 05. 09]

Yuri Milner, the founding partner of Internet investment holding Digital Sky Technologies (DST), whose social networks in portfolio companies have more than 85 million registered members and 20 million daily users, is seeking a Board of Directors post at Facebook as a part of proposed $200 million to $350 million investment into the company, reported [...]

Russian Internet Companies Love Supporting Football Clubs

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Posted by: Quintura @ 00:48 [29. 04. 09]

Football (or soccer) is the most popular sports in Russia. Zenit St. Petersburg won the UEFA Cup in 2008. The Russian national team won bronze medals in UEFA European Football Championship last year. In March 2009, Kaspersky Lab, the leading Russian and top 5 global security software vendor, became a sponsor of Melbourne Football Club. [...]

Odnoklassniki.ru Hits 30 Million Registered Users

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Posted by: Quintura @ 02:56 [26. 02. 09]

The leading Russian social networking site, Odnoklassniki.ru (Одноклассники.ru) has reached 30 million registered users. It’s been less than 3 years since the site was launched in March 2006. The social network is visited by more than 8 million users per day. Odnoklassniki.ru CEO, Nikita Sherman recently said that the site generates half of its revenues [...]

Subscribe.ru Launches Pay-Per-Click Context Ads

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Posted by: Quintura @ 16:10 [15. 02. 09]

It looks like major Russian online services are well armed to sustain economic recession. The leading Russian social network, Odnoklassniki.ru is now generating a half of its revenues from subscription-based services, announced Nikita Sherman, CEO of Odnoklassniki.ru at the Russia Forum 2009. Founded in 1998, Subscribe.ru operator St. Petersburg-based Internet Projects is the largest permission-based [...]

Begun Wins Odnoklassniki.ru Account

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Posted by: Quintura @ 01:37 [6. 12. 08]

Having recently introduced SMS payments for premium features, the leading Russian social networking site, Odnoklassniki.ru, reportedly tested contextual advertisement services from Google AdSense and Yandex.Direct. The contextual ads brought in $0.3 million revenues to the site in Q1 2008. Apparently, it was not enough. Begun, which Google recently failed to acquire for $140 million, has [...]

i-CD Publishing Claims Ownership of Odnoklassniki.ru

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Posted by: Quintura @ 15:27 [3. 12. 08]

An interesting story about the founder of the leading Russian social networking site, Odnoklassniki.ru, has been uncovered today by business newspaper Vedomosti. The newspaper obtained the documents that a UK-based i-CD Publishing had accused Albert Popkov, the founder of Odnoklassniki.ru, in copyright infringement and breach of contract. i-CD Publishing wanted to obtain ownership, assets and [...]

Google on Odnoklassniki.ru

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Posted by: Quintura @ 03:21 [25. 11. 08]

Having been refused an acquisition of contextual ad firm Begun in Russia, Google was likely looking for revansch. Well, it may has gotten one. This time, it’s not acquisition. It’s a business deal that would increase Google’s 33 percent share of Russian search market by several percentage points. According to business newspaper Kommersant, the largest [...]

Rambler Launches Massive Ad Campaign

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Posted by: Quintura @ 00:03 [14. 10. 08]

Having agreed selling contextual ads service Begun and outsourcing the most of its search engine activities to Google, the leading Russian internet company Rambler Media is launching a massive outdoor and television advertising campaign with a goal of doubling its current daily audience and becoming number one online destination in Russia within one year. Rambler‘s [...]

Who Cares About Facebook and MySpace Entering Russia?

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Posted by: Quintura @ 14:21 [20. 06. 08]

The leading global online social networks announced their Russian versions Facebook and MySpace this week. According to Fox Interactive Russia’s CEO, Alexander Turkot, MySpace is expected to reach 1 million users in Russia by the end of 2008, up from 0.3 million users now. The leading Russian social networking sites Vkontankte (a Facebook copycat) and [...]

Odnoklassniki.ru Expects Revenue of $30 Million in 2008

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Posted by: Quintura @ 02:46 [18. 04. 08]

The largest Russian social networking site Odnoklassniki.ru reported revenue of $3.3 million in Q1 2008, including $3 million from display (banner) advertising and $0.3 million from contextual advertising. Odnoklassniki.ru is expected to generate revenue of up to $30 million in 2008, says Albert Popkov, founder and CEO of the company. He estimates that it will [...]

Russian Blogs Are Losing Users To Social Networks

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Posted by: Quintura @ 17:13 [16. 04. 08]

The average Russian blogger is a 22-year old female who lives in Moscow, makes 6 blog posts per month and has nineteen blog “friends”, says a new study on the state of the Russian blogosphere from Yandex. There are 3.8 million Russian blogs, up 23% from October 2007. Only 20% of Russian blogs are updated [...]

Rambler To Sponsor Russian Football Cup

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Posted by: Quintura @ 19:52 [15. 04. 08]

Rambler Media that owns the second largest Russian search engine and portal Rambler has become the official title sponsor of the Russian Football Cup. The company signed a four-year strategic partnership with the Russian Football Union (RFU). The competition will now be known as the Rambler Russian Football Cup. Football (or soccer) is the most [...]

comScore Ranks Top Russian Search Properties and Web Sites

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Posted by: Quintura @ 00:01 [14. 04. 08]

In February 2008, 47.4% of all searches in Russia were conducted on Yandex, followed by Google (31.2%), Rambler (9.7%), Mail.ru (7%), Yahoo! (1.3%), AOL (1.1%), and Microsoft (0.6%), says a new study of Russian Internet usage from comScore. The results of the study will imply that the Russian alternative search engines including Quintura.ru held 0.5% [...]