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USM is a major shareholder in Russia's number one internet company Mail.Ru Group.
  • MAIL.RU GROUP

    Mail.Ru Group is a leader in the Russian-speaking internet market. The company holds the lead in Russian desktop and mobile spaces and its products reach approximately 94% of Russian internet users on a monthly basis. Russia is the largest internet market in Europe by number of users.

  • In line with its “communitainment” strategy, the company operates an integrated communications and entertainment platform, comprising Russia’s leading e-mail service and one of the biggest internet portals, the two largest Russian-language social networks, VKontakte (VK) and Odnoklassniki, instant messengers and Russia’s top online games business.

  • VK is Russia’s largest social network with over 380 million registered accounts. It is visited by more than 90 million users every month. The average Russian internet user spends 17% of their total time online on VK.

  • Odnoklassniki is the second-largest Russian-language social network, with 73 million monthly active users. It is a three-time winner of the Runet Prize and topped the Runet People’s Ten. The website won the Master of Brandbuilding grand prix and the Offline Influence grand prix, as well as the Golden Website prize twice.

  • Mail.Ru Group’s portfolio also includes Agent Mail.Ru and ICQ – two instant messengers that are popular in Russia and the CIS. ICQ is used by 11 million people each month and Agent Mail.Ru by 18.8 million people. The platforms offer a range of services including text, voice and video calls, file sharing, free SMS, and more.

  • The company owns the Mail.Ru internet portal, which includes the market-leading free e-mail provider and the third most popular search engine among Russian-speaking internet users, as well as e-commerce. The platform has 50.9 million users each month.

  • Mail.Ru Group is the leader in the interactive entertainment market in Eastern Europe, uniting the best developers of client- and browser-based massively multiplayer online games, as well as games for social networks and mobile devices. It offers more than 50 online applications, including a series of smash hits developed in-house, such as Skyforge, Evolution: Battle for Utopia, Evolution: Heroes of Utopia, Juggernaut Wars, Jungle Heat, Legend: Legacy of the Dragons, Allods Online and Lovely Farm, along with the popular international online blockbusters Armored Warfare, Warface, ArcheAge, CrossFire, Perfect World, Revelation and others.

  • Internationally, Mail.Ru Group is developing My.com, a mobile communications and entertainment services start-up based in Silicon Valley. The platform now includes the myMail, myGames and MAPS.ME apps and is launching products in the United States, Europe and other markets.

  • The company owns 100% of mobile games developer Pixonic and holds a number of small venture capital investments in various internet companies in Russia, Ukraine and Israel.

  • Mail.Ru Group is committed to facilitating the development of IT education in Russia. The company holds annual international programming contests, such as the Russian Code Cup, VK Cup, Technology Forums, and it partners with university faculties. Mail.Ru Group has a controlling interest in GeekBrains, the online learning platform for developers.

  • Mail.Ru Group’s main shareholders are USM, MIH and Tencent. The company’s global depositary receipts are traded on the London Stock Exchange.