Russian VKontakte owner donates $1m to Wikipedia at DLD



The founder of Russia’s largest social network VKontakte today pledged a whopping $1 million donation to Wikipedia.

Pavel Durov, 27, proclaimed his long-time support of the not-for-profit organisation while onstage at the Digital Life Design (DLD) conference in Munich.

Much like a Facebook for Russia, Durov started VKontakte five years ago, and now enjoys 33 million daily unique visitors, 17 million monthly active users, and a total of 169 million registered users.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales welcomed the generous donation. “I wish I could give away $1 million when I was 27,” he joked.

Wikipedia has so far raised a record $20 million from last year’s fundraising efforts.

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