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Google Fined in Russia Again for Not Deleting Banned Content

Google last month said it had paid more than RUB 32 million in fines.

Google last month said it had paid more than RUB 32 million in fines.

Russia has issued several small fines to US tech companies this year. State communications regulator Roskomnadzor has slowed down the speed of Twitter since March.

A Moscow court fined Alphabet Inc’s Google RUB 3 million ($40,400) on Monday for not deleting content that it deemed illegal, part of a wider dispute between Russia and the US tech giant.

Russia in October threatened to fine Google a percentage of its annual Russian turnover for repeatedly failing to delete banned content on its search engine and YouTube, in Moscow’s strongest move yet to rein in foreign tech firms.

Google, which last month said it had paid more than RUB 32 million in fines, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Russia has issued several small fines to US tech companies this year. State communications regulator Roskomnadzor has slowed down the speed of Twitter since March and has told Reuters it will not lift the restrictions on mobile devices until all illegal content is removed.

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first published:November 30, 2021, 15:06 IST