Moscow: A court in the capital has fined Google 15 million rubles ($164,000) for repeatedly refusing to store Russian users’ data on Russian servers.
According to international media reports, the Russian government has repeatedly clashed with foreign technology companies over online content, censorship, data and local representation since Moscow sent its armed forces to Ukraine in February 2022. have intensified.
Google’s office in Russia has come under pressure for Russia’s failure to remove online content deemed illegal and for restricting access to some Russian media on YouTube.
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However, while the Kremlin has banned some platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, it has not blocked access to Google’s services and its search engine and YouTube platform, both free, continue to operate. Google has yet to respond to emails regarding the ban.
Google filed for bankruptcy in Russia in the summer of 2022 after authorities seized its bank account, making it impossible to pay employees and retailers.