Russia Fines Google $358m for Not Removing Banned Content

A court in Moscow has imposed a fine of $358 million (21 billion rubles) on Google LLC for failing to restrict access to information considered prohibited in Russia.

The World Court of Tagansky District of Moscow has “considered the administrative protocol of Roskomnadzor against Google for violating procedures for restricting access to prohibited information.

Google and its subsidiary YouTube have failed to remove information about the course of the “special military operation” in Ukraine, content promoting extremism and terrorism, content promotions harmful acts, and information promoting participation in unauthorized mass actions despite multiple requests from the Roskomnadzor.

The World Court of Tagansky District of Moscow imposed a fine of more than 21 billion rubles on Google.

The Roskomnadzor announced that several coercive measures are also in place against Google for systematic violations of Russian law, such as informing Internet users about a violation by a foreign company of Russian law and prohibition of distributing advertising of the corporation and its information resources as an object of advertising.

The Roskomnadzor has tried over the past months to enforce sanctions based on various sections of the Code of Administrative Offenses in Russia and fined 68 million rubles ($1.2 million) Google LLC for the umpteenth time for failure to remove prohibited information in June this year.

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