Russia's Mail.Ru Group launched Futubra, a new microblogging platform that allegedly resembles Twitter to a T. Futubra went up Monday, Jan.16, and is currently in beta.
Twitter was made available in Russian in April 2011 and has some 2 million Russian-speaking users. Twitter can also be translated into French, Indonesian, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Turkish. Some Russian citizens used Twitter to protest the re-election of Prime Minister Putin, but their messages were reportedly "drowned out by PCs hijacked by hackers."
Alisher Usmanov, who owns almost one-third of Mail.Ru Group, also owns a majority of DST Global Solutions Ltd., which took a 5% ($400 million) stake in Twitter last year. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev endorsed Twitter when he appeared at the company's San Francisco headquarters in 2010 to send his first tweet.