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Russian court fines Alphabet USD 387 mln for failing to remove content

A Russian court on Monday imposed a USD 387 million fine on Alphabet, Google’s parent company, for failing to comply with an order to remove content that Moscow deems illegal.

A court in the #Russian Federation issued Google a new turnover fine – more than 21 billion rubles.

The decision indicated that the company repeatedly refused to remove the prohibited content.

— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) July 18, 2022

The first fine of USD 130 million for failing to comply with a decision made by Russian state media regulator Roskomnadzor, which ordered the company to remove certain content. in December 2021.

In May, court bailiffs opened a case to enforce the fine. In turn, the court confiscated the assets of Google’s Russian subsidiary twice, for a total of USD 9 million to secure funds in cases brought by state-owned TV channels NTW and TNT.

Moreover, the company’s bank account was seized, resulting in the company’s inability to function, maintain employment, pay salaries, suppliers and subcontractors and perform other financial obligations.

In mid-June, Google’s Russian-registered limited liability company declared bankruptcy.

Earlier in June, Google’s local subsidiary in Russia filed for bankruptcy after authorities froze its local bank account related to fines against YouTube.

— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) July 18, 2022

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