Nikolai Durov

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Nikolai Durov

Nikolai Durov is a Russian programmer and mathematician. He is the elder brother of Pavel Durov, with whom he founded the social networking site VK and later Telegram.

Durov introduced commutative algebraic monads as a generalization of local objects in a generalized algebraic geometry. Versions of a tropical geometry, of an absolute geometry over a field with one element and an algebraic analogue of Arakelov geometry were realized in this setup.


Durov worked as a lead developer of the VK team until 2013.

Together with his brother Pavel, he founded the instant messenger service Telegram and developed the MTProto protocol for Telegram in 2013.

Durov is believed to be the author of the original TON (Telegram Open Network) whitepaper.