Ranking of social media platforms in Russia Q3 2019, by users share

YouTube enjoys the highest penetration rate of any social network in Russia, with a rate of 87 percent. This is slightly ahead of the 83 percent achieved by VKontakte, and well ahead of any western social network operating in Russia.

VKontakte: the Facebook of Russia

VKontakte, commonly referred to as VK, primarily services the Russian market with a social network that borrows very heavily from Facebook in terms of design and function. VK has undergone significant growth over the past four years, with their user base rising from 39.7 million users in March 2014, to reach 81.1 million users by December 2017. VK’s presence is much smaller outside of Russia, however, with a market share of just 0.04 percent in the United Kingdom as of January 2019.  

Russian use of social media

Although Russians tend to display a preference for home grown services such as VK and Odnoklassniki, western social networks also have significant user bases. Indeed, Russians on Twitter make up the company’s tenth largest user group by nationality. 9.91 million Russians are using Twitter, compared with 14.1 million people using the service in the United Kingdom. 13 million Russians are users of Facebook.

Most used social media platforms in Russia as of 3rd quarter 2019, by penetration rate

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

As of Q3 2019

Age group

16-64 years

Supplementary notes

Penetration figures based on population data from the United Nations and the U.S, Census Bureau.

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