MAIL.RU GROUP, ООО (commonly referred to as MAIL.RU) is a Russian
Internet company . It was started in 1998 as an e-mail service and
went on to become a major corporate figure in the Russian-speaking
segment of the
Internet . As of 2013 according to comScore , websites
owned by Mail.ru collectively had the largest audience in
captured the most screen time. Mail.Ru's sites reach approximately
86% of Russian
Internet users on a monthly basis and the company is in
the top 5 of largest
Internet companies, based on the number of total
pages viewed. Mail.ru controls the 3 largest Russian social networking
sites. It operates the second and third most popular Russian social
Odnoklassniki and Moi Mir , respectively. Mail.ru
holds 100% of shares of Russia's most popular social network VKontakte
and minority stakes in
Qiwi , formerly OE Investments (15.04%). It
also operates two instant messaging networks (
Mail.Ru Agent and
an e-mail service and
Internet portal Mail.ru, as well as a number of
* 1 History
* 2 Statistics
* 3 Services
* 4 References
* 5 External links
The business was originally owned by Port.ru, a company founded in
Eugene Goland , Michael Zaitsev and Alexey Krivenkov as
DataArt . It received an initial investment of USD 1
million from the well-known investor (and fencing champion) James
The Mail.ru business expanded rapidly to reach the No. 1 market
Russia by 2000. Attempts to fund the company's expansion
in 2000-2001 were thwarted by the collapse of the technology bubble
and Mail.ru had to seek merger partners.
Yuri Milner , then managing NetBridge (the owner of less
popular internet brands) persuaded the well-known entrepreneur Igor
Linshits to back a merger of the Mail.ru business with NetBridge. Igor
Linshits subsequently took an active role in the development of the
Mail.ru business. In connection with the merger, Milner became Mail.ru
The company started to operate under its present name on 16 October
2001. Before that time its brand name was owned by Port.ru . It is
Dmitry Grishin . As of 2009 , its global Alexa rating is 29.
In 2003 Milner resigned from Mail.ru and subsequently set up another
Digital Sky Technologies
Digital Sky Technologies (DST). In 2006 Igor
Linshits sold his stake in Mail.ru to Tiger Fund and Milner\'s DST for
more than $100 million. In September 2010, DST changed its name to
Dmitry Grishin became one of the Mail.ru Group
In October 2010, Mail.ru announced plans for an IPO via the London
stock-market listing of a subsidiary – also called Mail.ru – worth
more than $5bn. The IPO will offer a stake of about 17% of the
subsidiary. The subsidiary will include about a quarter of the group's
Facebook , stakes in Russia's two biggest social
networking sites and Mail.ru. The company hired
Goldman Sachs , JP
Morgan Stanley and
VTB Capital to run the listing.
In March 2012
Yuri Milner stepped down from the role of Chairman of
Mail.ru and from the Board of Directors.
Dmitry Grishin was elected
to the Board of Directors and appointed as Chairman of the Board while
retaining his CEO position. There were no other changes to management
or to the Board.
In November 2012 it was reported that
Mail.Ru would discontinue using
Google search services. Full migration to the use of Mail.Ru's own
engine occurred in the summer of 2013.
In late 2012, Mail.ru Group's plans for buying two-letter domain
My.com became known. This was interpreted as an intention of
conquering world markets and of the upcoming re-branding of services
under this name. At the end of 2012 Mail.ru Group bought the
Ukrainian email service mail.ua, and 23 April 2013 registration of
email addresses in this domain started.
In May 2017, Ukrainian President
Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to
impose a ban on Mail.ru and its widely-used social networks including
Odnoklassniki as part of its continued sanctions on
Russia for its annexation of Crimea and involvement in the War in
Donbass . The move was widely criticised as censorship, and Reporters
Without Borders condemned the ban, calling it a "disproportionate
measure that seriously undermines the Ukrainian people’s right to
information and freedom of expression." Respondents in an online
poll on the UNIAN site declared that 66% were “categorically
against” the ban of Russian sites and another 11% said it would be
easier to “ban the whole internet, like in North Korea”.
* According to Alexa data for June 2007 , Mail.ru was the most
popular Russian site on the web.
* In 2005 there were more than 30 million users with 25 million
emails a day.
* By the end of 2006 it was announced that a strategic agreement
Yandex was achieved about the use of a
Yandex search engine
Google . This has been reversed in January 2010. This
collaboration was dropped in November 2012, with migration to own
engine , which ended in mid-2013.
* In January 2007 30% shares of Mail.ru were bought by South African
Naspers for $165 million.
* It is reported by Grishin that the two other shareholders are the
Digital Sky Technologies
Digital Sky Technologies (DST) and Tiger Global Management (TGM).
Mail.Ru Group offers a variety of online communication products and
entertainment services for Russian speakers all over the world
* Email & portal – email, main page, content projects
* Social networks – VK , OK.ru , My World
Instant messaging – Agent,
* Online Games – MMO games, Social games, Mobile games
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* ^ https://corp.imgsmail.ru/media/files/mail.rugrouparfy2015.pdf
* ^ "Mail.ru Site Info". Alexa
Internet . Retrieved 2015-03-31.
* ^ "
Mail.Ru празднует 10-летие" (in Russian).
Archived from the original on 2010-08-27.
* ^ comScore. Which Sites Capture The Most Screen Time in Russia?
* ^ comScore. Russians Spend over 6 hours a Month on Odnoklassniki
* ^ "Russia\'s
Mail.Ru buys remaining stake in
VKontakte for $1.5
bln". Reuters. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
* ^ "www.alexa.com". www.alexa.com. 2009-06-30. Archived from the
original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
Digital Sky Technologies
Digital Sky Technologies ("DST") Changes Name to Mail.ru Group
Archived October 20, 2010, at the
Wayback Machine .
* ^ Weaver, Courtney (2010-10-26). "Testing Russian charm in the
City". Ft.com. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
* ^ "Mail.ru group corporate governance". mail.ru group.
2012-03-18. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
* ^ Weaver, Courtney (2010-10-08). "Investors offered a slice of
Facebook". Ft.com. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
* ^ "
Yuri Milner Is Freed From Mail.ru Board To Take Care Of
Business". TechCrunch. 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
* ^ "Mail.ru group limited: Appointment of new Chairman". mail.ru
group. 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
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Mail.Ru откажется от поисковых
Google // Vesti.ru (in Russian)
* ^ A B Jennifer Slegg: Russia\'s