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  • Russia fines Google $98 million

    The Russian authorities continue the campaign of pressure on foreign Internet companies amid plans to move to a "sovereign internet" with censorship and control over internet traffic.

    On Friday, December 24, the Moscow Tagansky District court imposed a fine of 7.2 billion rubles ($98 million) on Google for not deleting content prohibited in Russia.

    "By the decision of the judge of the Tagansky judicial district N422 of Moscow, Google LLC was found guilty of committing an administrative …

  • Russia starts blocking Google Docs

    Russian authorities continue to expand restrictions on internet traffic trying to fully block the Smart Voting application.

    Smart Voting is a voting strategy promoted by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny that makes the Kremlin and the ruling United Russia party nervous. It helps opposition-minded Russians vote for candidates deemed most capable of beating candidates from United Russia.

    GlobalCheck reports that on Wednesday evening traffic to was blocked on the cellular …

  • Ukraine asks Google not to block the content of the Crimean Tatar TV channel

    The Ukrainian National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting appealed to Google Corporation with a request to stop blocking of broadcasting on YouTube of materials of the Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR, reports the press service of the National Council.

    Earlier, YouTube asked to remove some programs of the channel after the complaint of the Russin media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, which claims that the posted materials violate Russian legislation on the information.

    "The National Council in …

  • Ukrainian ambassador to the United States calls on Google to correct maps with 'Russian Crimea'

    Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States, Valeriy Chaly, called on the United States multinational technology company Google Inc. not to show the annexed Crimea as part of the Russian Federation.

    “Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, Valeriy Chaly, appealed to the management of Google Corporation to change the incorrect image of the Ukrainian Crimea, which is projected as part of the Russian Federation on some of Google Maps. In the official letter, the ambassador noted his clear …

  • Google decides to show annexed Crimea as part of Russia and not Ukraine on Russian users maps

    Google has reported that "it has corrected an error that caused a small number of Russian users of Google maps to see incorrect information", TASS reported with a reference to the press service of the company.

     “We believe that we have corrected the error, due to which a small part of iOS users of Google maps [devices with the operating system] saw incorrect information,” the report said.

    As explained by its press service, Google is making every effort to objectively display the “disputed …

  • Kremlin threatens to block Google in Russia

    The Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, also known as Roskomnadzor, will start to block Google in Russia if the company continues to ignore its demands to filter search results, deputy department head Vadim Subbotin announced on Wednesday.

    An administrative court case has already been lodged against the search engine for failing to connect to the Federal State Information System with a list of prohibited online resources.

    So far, …

  • Kremlin intends to fine Google

    Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media or Roskomnadzor has accused Google of violating Russian law and will request a court to fine the company between 500 ($7,615 USD) and 700 thousand (10,660 USD) rubles, Radio Liberty reports.

    The reason for this is that the Internet search engine did not connect to the Russian federal state information system, which contains a list of banned and blocked sites in Russia.

    According to the Russian law, …

  • Kremlin considers blocking news aggregators in Russia

    News websites in Russia that collect, display and link to related content may be blocked for not fulfilling the requirements regarding restriction of foreign ownership.

    “Sanctions for failure to comply with the requirements will include restricted access of the Russian service providers to the news aggregator until the owner of the aggregator fulfils the requirements,” said an explanatory note published in the State Duma’s electronic database.

    At the request of the authorized federal …

  • Kremlin warns Google against 'interfering in Russian elections'

    Google, which owns YouTube, has entered into discussions with “the Russian competent authorities” regarding the videos posted by Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny calling for protests against pension reform, stated Andrey Klimov, chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s temporary commission on protection of state sovereignty.

    “This gives reason to hope for the possibility of preventing interference in the Russian elections by the mentioned American corporation,” he said. If Google …

  • Kremlin: Microsoft and Google help Russian authorities block Telegram

    Interfax reports that Aleksandr Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor (The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media), has announced that Microsoft and Google will stop providing the messaging service Telegram with opportunities to bypass Russia’s blocking service.

    "Microsoft has stopped providing Telegram with the opportunity to use the Microsoft Download configuration file service; [additionally] Google has informed us that, at present, it has …