Pavel Durov, 37, a Russian entrepreneur and co-founder of the VKontakte social network, has become a French citizen. The corresponding decree, signed by Prime Minister Jean Casteks, was published on the French government website. The document is dated back in August, but it became known only yesterday thanks to the telegram channel Ateo Breaking.
In addition to Russian and now French citizenship, Pavel Durov also has a passport of the state of Saint Kitts and Nevis, which is located in the Caribbean Sea. He received it by investing 250 thousand dollars in the country's economy. This passport allows Durov to travel across the European Union and the UK without a visa. At the same time, the entrepreneur has been living in the UAE for several years – the headquarters of the Telegram company founded by Durov is located in Dubai.
Durov left Russia in 2014. He gave reasons for not returning home. Among them – the absence of a system of fair and independent courts, open competitions for government positions, as well as economic autonomy of regions, the presence of feudal remnants, the refusal to destandardize the education system.