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Russian bailiffs are preparing to sue Google for $100 million for publishing prohibited content

Google was penalised by Russia for the first time in December



Russian bailiffs are preparing to sue Google for $100 million for publishing prohibited content

Russian bailiffs are planning to penalize Google 7 billion rubles ($100 million) for uploading information that is illegal in Russia.

Last week, Russia’s Federal Bailiff Service (FSSP) requested authorization to confiscate the company’s funds forcibly. However, now the Russian bailiffs have just asked permission to seize the money.

Google was penalised in December for the first time after it refused to delete content banned by Russia. Since the February invasion of Ukraine, Google has been hit with further fines for not complying with Russian guidelines.

Before the conflict, Google was penalised on December 24, 2021, for failing to remove “prohibited content” from YouTube, which the Russian regulator Roskomnadzor said emanated from extremist and terrorist groups. It was a repeated infraction punishable by a penalty of up to one-tenth of the previous year’s proceeds.

Although Google filed an appeal, the Tagansky District Court upheld the penalty on February 28.

According to Roskomnadzor, YouTube was posting videos inciting religious intolerance, teaching how to buy and produce weapons, and promoting narcotics.

When the Russian invasion of Ukraine started, Roskomnadzor instructed Russian media to exclusively report on the conflict based on information from the official sources and to refer to it as a “special military operation” rather than a “war.” In addition, President Vladimir Putin announced ten-year prison sentences for disseminating “deliberately misleading information” in March.

Google has been facing further sanctions for breaking these standards.

According to RadioFree Europe, an 11 million ruble ($134,500) charge has been levied for posting YouTube videos with prohibited information concerning Russia’s continuing invasion of Ukraine. On April 21, a four-million-ruble ($50,000) penalty was imposed for failing to remove unlawful content on demand. Google was also fined 7 million rubles ($87,000) for disseminating information created by Ukraine’s Azov military forces and the Ukrainian far-right militia group called Right Sector.

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