The application similar to the social network TikTok was created with the support of a foundation run by one of President Vladimir Putin’s daughters. Katerina Tikhonova is a math and physics genius.
Russia’s main media holding company , Gazprom -Media, will launch an application similar to the social network TikTok , developed with the support of a foundation run by one of President Vladimir Putin’s daughters .
On Wednesday business daily Kommersant quoted Gazprom-Media CEO Alexander Zharov as saying the app was developed with the support of the Innopraktika foundation, led by Katerina Tikhonova , one of Putin’s daughters.
Katerina Tikhonova is a math and physics genius. The youngest daughter of the Russian president leads a research institute on artificial intelligence at the University of Moscow, with an annual budget of one billion rubles, about 13.7 million euros.
The holding company – owned by state energy giant Gazprom – had bought a service called “Ya Molodets” (“I’m great”). Gazprom-Media “will use the project software to accelerate the creation of a new video service for Russian bloggers,” Zharov said, adding that it will be launched in two years.
The application will allow the exchange of short videos, similar to the Chinese social network TikTok.
Zharov took over Gazprom-Media earlier this year after stepping down as head of Roskomnadzor, the Russian media regulator, which was behind the failed blockade of the messaging service Telegram .
Gazprom-Media is one of the largest media organizations in Russia, owning some of the most watched television channels and a variety of radio stations.
Earlier this month Zharov announced that Gazprom-Media would launch two YouTube- like websites in the next two years, one of which will be an upgraded version of the Rutube live streaming service, a platform targeting Russian speakers that Gazprom-Media acquired in 2008.
On Wednesday, Zharov said the holding company had been working for “about a year to modernize it.”
In recent years, YouTube has become an increasingly popular platform for young Russians. It has also become an independent news source and an alternative to the main television channels that are mostly under state control.