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Russia fines Google $366 million

The US-based IT-giant failed to delete information prohibited in Russia for a second time, court finds

Russia’s court has fined American tech giant Google more than 21 billion rubles ($366 million) on Monday, for its failure to delete prohibited information on the conflict in Ukraine, RIA Novosti has reported from the court.

Moscow’s Tagansky District Court has slapped a turnover-based fine on the IT-company for its repeated refusal to delete information prohibited by Russian law. Roskomnadzor, the national internet and media watchdog, had previously required the company to remove from YouTube all “misleading information” regarding Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine.

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Russia hits Google with record fine

Prior to the court’s ruling, Roskomnadzor had sent to Google 17 notification requiring it to abide by Russian law. Google, however, failed to comply. The sum of the fine is equal to one tenth of the company and its affiliated structures’ turnover in Russia.

Russia has long been critical of the way foreign platforms distribute online content that violates national legislation. Last December, the Silicon Valley company was already hit with a fine of 7.2 billion rubles (around $98.1 million) for failing to take down banned content, which was the first time that an IT company had been fined in Russia with a penalty linked to its earnings.

In late June, Roskomnadzor completed a report regarding what it said was Google’s repeated failure to remove the prohibited information, saying that the company has not deleted at least seven thousand “illegal materials” from Youtube.

At the time, the watchdog also accused the IT-giant of promoting fakes on the Ukraine conflict, and allowing materials that support extremism and urge children to participate in unauthorized mass protests.


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