Russia to fine Google

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Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor said it would seek to fine American tech giant Google for repeatedly failing to remove content deemed illegal as soon as this week. The fine will amount to 5-20% of Google’s Russian turnover.

The watchdog highlighted Google had failed to pay $458,100 (32.5 million rubles) in penalties levied earlier this year. The latest fine may be as much as $240 million, marking a significant increase from the previous penalty.

Earlier this month, Roskomnadzor announced plans to ask a court to impose a turnover fine on social media firm Facebook, citing legislation signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in December 2020.

Facebook was accused of allowing content glamorizing drug use, child pornography, and extremism.

“A similar case will be put together in October against Google,” the regulator said in emailed comments to Reuters, noting that the California-based corporation also owned video-hosting site YouTube.

Last year, Google’s turnover in Russia totaled 85.5 billion rubles, according to the SPARK business database, cited by the media.—TLTP

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