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Russia fines Google more than $370 million for its repeated refusal to remove prohibited content

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The fine corresponds to one tenth of the income of Google and its affiliates registered in the Russian tax system.

A Moscow court on Monday imposed a new fine on Google worth 21,077 million rubles (about 374 million dollars) for its systematic refusal to remove prohibited content in the territory of the Russian Federation, reports TASS.

In particular, these are materials shared on YouTube, which “contribute deliberately to the dissemination” of false information about the Russian special military operation in Ukraine that discredits the Russian Armed Forces, according to the Federal Service for the Supervision of Russian Telecommunications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor).

Among the prohibited contents are also others that promote extremist ideas and the ideology of terrorist organizations, as well as instructions for the manufacturing of explosives.

In addition, the video platform contained materials that promoted contempt for the life and health of minors, as well as content intended to convene unauthorized mass acts, including those directed at minors.

10% of Google revenue

According to the case documentation, Roskomnadzor sent 17 notification is to the American technology company about the need to remedy the irregularities detected before resorting to Justice.

The fine, which for this type of crime amounts to between 5% and 10% of the volume of a company’s revenue corresponds to one

tenth of Google’s revenue and its affiliates registered in the Russian tax system.

For its part, a Google representative stated during Monday’s hearing that the lawsuit against the company “does not have legal grounds”.

In December, Google had already been fined 7,221 million rubles (approximately $126 million) for failing to comply with regulators’ demand to remove prohibited information in Russia. The case marked the first time a revenue-based punitive measure was applied to a technology company in Russia.

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