Avito shuts down dating section

04 Aug 2015
Avito.ru, Russia’s largest general classifieds site, removed the dating button under its “Hobbies and Leisure” category, to avoid the potential risks associated with online prostitution rings in Russia. In the past few months, Russia has witnessed a government crackdown on online prostitution rackets, with several sites and publications associated with illegal escort services taken offline. Alth

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Pavel Marceux

Pavel Marceux joined AIM Group in 2014 as a writer focusing on the Russian market. Following his MA at Edinburgh University, he worked in a number of countries, including Turkey and Japan. Pavel has honed his skills and knowledge at several publishing houses and consumer markets research firms. He is an experienced markets analyst, researcher and editor, who values accuracy, professionalism and honesty in his work above all else. His specialist focus is technology, economics and consumer trends. Splitting his lifestyle largely between London and Moscow, Pavel functions on a truly international platform.