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.
For example, all private messages in the Soviet version have a stamp saying 'passed server censorship'.
VK does not display its own advertising in the site's music or video sections, nor in the videos themselves.
On October 2013, VKontakte was cleared of copyright infringement charges by a court in Saint Petersburg.
The pre-revolutionary version uses old-style Russian orthography. Musicians that use VK for promotion often upload their own tracks to their official VK pages.
Notable examples include the international celebrities like Tiësto, In 2008, the leading Russian television channel RTR sued VKontakte (then VK) over unlicensed copies of two of its films which had been uploaded by VK users.
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.
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.
suggesting his dismissal was the result of both his refusal to hand over personal details of users to federal law enforcement and his refusal to hand over the personal details of people who were members of a VKontakte group dedicated to the Euromaidan protest movement.
In May 2017, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to impose a ban on and its widely used social networks including VKontakte and Odnoklassniki as part of its continued sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea and involvement in the War in Donbass.
As with most social networks, the site's core functionality is based around private messaging and sharing photos, status updates and links with friends.