Imagine if Gmail bought Facebook and they were both owned by the president?s buddy, Russia?s most popular email provider, this morning announced that it has paid $1.47 billion for the 48% that it did not already own of VKontakte, Russia?s most popular social network. already owns Odnoklassniki, the second-most popular network. It?s as if Gmail (if it were an independent company) were to buy Facebook.