Pavel Durov is a closed book, in some way. In 2014, he sold out his share of ʺVKontakteʺ and emigrated from
Russia. He acquired citizenship on St. Kitts and Nevis Caribbean island and got busy with the Telegram messenger
which is currently estimated at a billion dollars. At the same time, Durovʼs private life is
still buried in mystery. So, his fans have to shift for themselves when it comes to finding some interesting
information. Lots of gossips and guesses were broadcasted due to this – as a matter of fact, most of them are
questionable by now.
It is rumored that one of the Durovʼs principles consists in wasting less time on women and foolish people.
Nevertheless, Pavel was frequently caught in love to beautiful women. Moreover, that is not to say that he is
trying to cover things up. For example, when planning his 29th birthday party and the 7th anniversary of
ʺVKontakteʺ, he invited about ten girlfriends-models known for their nude photo sessions.
Katarina Pudar was also present here. She has been supposed to be the Durovʼs girlfriend for a long time, as they
were often caught together. Besides, Helga and Alia, the models from Moscow who have made it to hit some lad
mags’ covers, were also invited to that party.
The same models were spotted during the ʺVKontakteʺ promotion action in Palace Square. It bears reminding that
loads of hot girls wearing tiny sport shirts next to the skin went out through the heart of St. Petersburg in
the company of Durov. Other pretty girls, such as Alyona Shishkova and Vika Odintsova, can be also found in the
list of Pavel Durovʼs potential girlfriends. However, this information is unconfirmed.
Beautiful girls were under Durovʼs discussion many times. During one of his interviews, Pavel told about the
important role they play in business. «It is necessary to lay emphasis on beautiful girls – so, if they come,
men will immediately get around to demonstrate how smart they areʺ, Durov claimed that day. He also added that
he liked testing various features on girls – like, ʺif they appreciate it, the others will also doʺ. To be
honest, that phrase more resembled a slight offence rather than a compliment. Some other time Durov posted seven
reasons why living in Russia is good. One of them, as you might have guessed, is beautiful girls.
After the ʺVKontakteʺ social network had been sold, the situation dramatically changed. Thus, Durov has
celebrated his 32nd birthday with the colleagues… in a former friary. At any rate, this is exactly what he wrote
on his VKontakte page. It is nothing but a post in a social network, though – we cannot say for sure whether
Durov gave up on dating models or not.
Throughout the Internet, Pavel Durov is constantly called a prize catch but… is he really a single man? It was
rumored for a long time that he was married to Darya Bondarenko – a journalist from St. Petersburg who studied
on the faculty of History of St. Petersburg State University. Later, she became known as the Durovʼs ʺcommon-law
wifeʺ. Their acquaintance is described in the Nikolay Kononovʼs book called ʺThe Durov Codeʺ. A couple met when
Darya interviewed Pavel for the ʺStudenʺ campus newspaper. The book says that she liked his ʺhaughty facial
profileʺ and ʺfree of stereotypes perception of the worldʺ.
As for Pavel, he disproved information on his marriage during the interview with Kononov. Durov said that he had
a document certified by a notary which bore witness to that fact. Pavel claimed that he wouldn’t marry on
principle. The point is that he considers a marriage to be “a clerical and feudal personality suppression tool”
which makes a person an integral part of the system.
Rumor has it that Durov has two children and they are not his ʺVKontakteʺ and ʺTelegramʺ projects.
In 2014, Lifenews made an enquiry to St. Petersburg Civil Registration and got a document, according to which
Pavel has a son and a daughter born in 2009 and 2010. Pavel Valerievich Durov and Bondarenko Darya Michailovna
are mentioned as their parents. Moreover, both children are registered to be residing at Durov’s parents from
Darya’s friends don’t confirm these gossips. They say that the couple really had a love affair but they were
together for a very short period of time. In addition, there are a lot of photos in Darya’s Instagram but you
won’t find any with children. “When I heard about that nonsense, I lost my mind!”, Durov commented this weird
It is hard to say for sure who exactly Durov is dating now and whether this information is actually true. There
exist two versions in the Internet. According to the first one, Durov avoids the relationship with women and
spends all his spare time alone. The second one says that he is a womanizer with a penchant for models, who
changes girls like socks.
Which one of them is true is anybody’s guess.