On October 2013, VKontakte was cleared of copyright infringement charges by a court in Saint Petersburg.
The judge ruled that the social network is not responsible for the content uploaded by its users.
Founder and CEO Pavel Durov owned 20% of shares (although he had majority voting power through proxy votes), and a trio of Russian-Israeli investors, Vyacheslav Mirilashvili (Mikhael Mirilashvili's son) and Lev Leviev, On Group announced that it has decided to yield control of the company to Durov by offering him the voting rights on its shares.
The site allows its users to upload, search and stream media content, such as videos and music.
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 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.
At that time (November, 2014), negotiations between major labels companies and the social network Vkontakte were ongoing.
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.