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British Company Sues Owner Of Popular Russian Website

MOSCOW -- A British company is suing one of the most successful web entrepreneurs in Russia.

Albert Popkov is the creator of (classmates), a very popular social-networking website with more than 25 million registered users throughout the former Soviet Union.

But the CEO of the London-based company i-CD, Alistair Crawford, told RFE/RL's Russian Service that Popkov developed while working for i-CD.

Crawford says Popkov launched just 16 days after he left i-CD in 2006. He claims that Popkov stole the idea from another project that i-CD worked on, and that this is illegal. He is asking that be awarded to i-CD. is estimated by analysts to be worth tens of millions of dollars.