On 11 June, Der Spiegel in Germany published a great article about 36-year-old Russian Pavel Durov.  He had previously he founded the Russian Facebook clone VKontakte in 2006.  Little is known about the Russian billionaire, who is considered to be the richest person in his adopted home of Dubai.  It comments on the use of Telegram for illicit purposes by some of its users, without the scrutiny and action of rivals such WhatsApp and Twitter.  It is said that the Federal Office of Justice in Germany has opened proceedings to fine Telegram for failing to designate a contact person for the authorities and for not offering a criminal complaint procedure for criminal content as required under German law – the company could face fines as high as €55 million.  After leaving Russia after problems with authorities there, he obtained a St Kitts and Nevis passport and eventually settled in Dubai.  It is said that Pavel’s older brother, Nikolai Durov, is responsible for the technology and has 2 doctorates in mathematics, including one he earned from the University of Bonn in Germany.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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