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Russia imposes heavy fine of Rs 735 crore on Google

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  • Google has said that it will study the court’s decision
  • For the first time, the company’s annual Russian turnover is charged on the percentage basis
  • This whole year, Russia has imposed small fines on foreign tech companies.

A Moscow court has said it is fining Google 7.2 billion rubles (about Rs 735 crore) for failing to remove illegal content.

Google has said that it will study the court’s decision

Google has been fined heavily in Russia. A Moscow court has said it is fining Google 7.2 billion rubles (about Rs 735 crore) for failing to remove illegal content. This is the first major revenue-based fine of its kind in Russia. In a campaign this year, Russia has increased the pressure on large companies. This is being seen as an attempt by Russia to tighten control of the Internet. Critics say it threatens personal and corporate liberties.

For the first time, the company’s annual Russian turnover is charged on the percentage basis

According to Reuters, in an e-mail, Google has said that it will study the court’s decision before deciding on further steps. All this year, Russia has imposed small fines on foreign tech companies. Friday’s fine was imposed for the first time on a percentage of the company’s annual Russian business. Due to this the number of fines has increased significantly. Reuters calculations showed that it is around 8 percent.

Russia has ordered tech companies to delete posts that promote information ranging from drug abuse to domestic weapons and explosives. Google has had to pay a fine of more than 32 million rubles (about Rs 3 crore) this year in cases related to content infringement.

Russia has imposed small fines on foreign tech companies.

Last week, a Russian businessman claimed victory over Google in a case. Russia has given time till January 1 to 13 foreign technology companies, including Google and Meta. These companies will have to operate from Russia itself, otherwise, they may face possible sanctions.

It is worth noting that recently Facebook has paid 1.7 crore rubles (about Rs 1.73 crore) as a fine. In Russia, this fine was imposed on the company for not removing illegal content. Interfax News Agency has told in a report that the company is likely to be fined even bigger. The report also states that the messaging app Telegram has also paid a fine of Rs 1.5 crore (about Rs 1.53 crore). These companies are accused of repeatedly violating Russian law on content and due to this, a percentage of their annual revenue can be charged as a fine.

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