Pavel Valerievich Durov ( Russian: Па́вел Вале́рьевич Ду́ров; born 10 October 1984) is a Russian entrepreneur who is best known for being the founder of the social networking site VK, and later the Telegram Messenger.He is the younger brother of Nikolai Durov. Since being dismissed as CEO of VK in 2014, the Durov brothers have traveled the world in self-imposed exile as citizens of
Saint Kitts and Nevis. In 2017 Pavel joined the World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leaders as a representative of
In 2011 he was involved in a standoff with a police team outside his home in St. Petersburg after the government demanded the removal of opposition politicians' pages after controversial parliamentary elections. They left after about an hour.
Safeguarding privacy is a guiding principle for #Durov. Even the working habits of Telegram’s core team—the Durov brothers and three engineers—seem slightly surreptitious. Though Durov almost never speaks by phone, he says he keeps three different phone numbers, which he changes frequently “like personal hygiene, like changing your toothbrush,” he says.
Durov originally based Telegram out of a small Berlin office, but the staff now works out of a series houses and apartments rented mostly on Airbnb.com, or out of swank hotels like the one in London; in the summer they might be found in a rented house on a lake in Finland. After a month or two at any one place, they move on. Durov describes his team as “nomads.” He says Telegram is registered in several