Google May Face Fine of Up to 20 Percent of Annual Turnover in Russia Over Failing to Delete Illegal Content


Russia on Tuesday said it would this month seek to fine US tech giant Google one percent of its annual Russian business for repeatedly failing to remove content deemed illegal, reining in foreign tech firms. Moscow has the strongest effort to impose. Communications regulator Roskomnadzor said that Google has failed to pay 32.5 million (about Rs 3.4 crore) in penalties imposed so far this year and will now seek fines of 5-20 percent of Google’s Russian business, which is as much as possible. It could be as high as $240 million (about Rs 1,800 crore), a significant increase.

Google Did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Russia has increased pressure on foreign tech companies as it seeks to establish greater control over the internet in the country, which has slowed internet speeds. Twitter From March onwards and regularly imposing fines on others for material violations.

Opposition activists criticized Alphabet’s Google and . is accused of Apple Under pressure from the Kremlin, he removed an anti-government tactical voting app from his store.

Roskomnadzor Earlier in October, it said it would ask the court to impose a turnover penalty on social media firm Facebook, citing a law signed by the President. Vladimir Putin in December 2020.

“A similar case will be put together against Google in October,” Roskomnadzor said in comments emailed to Reuters on Tuesday, noting that the company also has a video-hosting site. youtube.

The Spark business database showed that Google’s turnover in Russia in 2020 was 85.5 billion rubles (about Rs 9,050 crore). The 5-20 percent penalty would be between 4.3 billion rubles (about Rs 455 crore) and 17.1 billion rupees (about Rs 1,810 crore).

Google is currently fighting a court ruling to unblock an approved Russian businessman’s YouTube account or face a compounding fine on his total turnover that will double every week and pay Google within months if paid. will put it out of business.

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