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USM is one of the leading investors in the global internet sector. The group owns stakes in some of the world’s most prominent and successful technology businesses and is a major shareholder in Russia’s number one internet company Mail.Ru Group.

  • PORTFOLIO INVESTMENTS

    USM firmly believes in the potential of social networks and e-commerce. The group has gained international acclaim with highly profitable early-stage investments in some of the world’s most recognisable internet companies, such as Facebook, Groupon, Twitter and Zynga. USM’s current assets include stakes in many successful businesses in the technology industry, such as Alibaba, JD.com, Xiaomi, Spotify, Airbnb, Zalando, Flipkart, ZocDdoc and Klarna.

  • MAIL.RU GROUP

    USM is a major shareholder in Mail.Ru Group, one of Europe’s leading internet companies and one of the largest businesses in the sector globally. Approximately 96% of Russian internet users visit Mail.Ru Group’s sites each month In line with its “communitainment” strategy, the company is developing an integrated communications and entertainment platform, comprising e-mail services, social networks, instant messengers, a search engine and online games.

    Mail.Ru Group owns the top three Russian-language social networks:

    • VKontakte is Russia’s largest social network with 54.4 million monthly users, making it the third most-visited Russian-language internet website.

    • Odnoklassniki is one of the leading Russian social networks with 40 million monthly 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.

    • My World is a popular Russian social network with 25.3 million monthly users. Through the active development of its own application programming interface, My World offers more apps from Russian and international developers to its users than its competitors.

  • Mail.Ru Group’s portfolio also includes Agent Mail.Ru and ICQ – two instant messen- gers that are popular in Russia and the CIS. These apps are used by 29.8 million people each month and offer a range of services including text, voice and video calls, file sharing, free SMS, online games, 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 maps and e-commerce. The platform has 22 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 and offering more than 70 online applications, including a series of smash hits developed in-house, such as Skyforge, Evolution: Battle for Utopia, Jungle Heat, Legend: Legacy of the Dragons, Allods Online and Lovely Farm, along with the popular international online blockbusters: ArcheAge, CrossFire, Perfect World, Lord of the Rings Online, Warface 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.

  • The company holds an equity stake in Qiwi, a next generation payment services provider, and a number of small venture capital investments in various internet companies in Russia, Ukraine and Israel.

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