Google might Face a Paltry Fine by the Russian Government for Failure to Remove Banned Websites

Russian banned Google links might well lead to a fine of a little over $10,000, as the country continues to target tech firms…

There’s more trouble for Google. This time, it is coming from the Russian government, which is warning the search engine of a possible fine. Roskomnadzor, the state communications agency, released a statement which accuses the search giant of continuing to provide access to banned sites within the country.

Russian Banned Google Links Fine Threatened

While the search platform is reportedly developing a service for China in a controversial move, it’s finding trouble elsewhere.

For the alleged violation, Google could face fines of up to 70,000 rubles, which works out to around $10,450 USD. 

But, according to Reuters, the Russian government might impose another penalty, one that’s far more significant. It’s been considering fines of up to 1 percent of annual revenue for failure to comply with relevant laws.

Here’s the opening section of the statement:

“On Monday, November 26, 2018, the Office of Roskomnadzor in the Central Federal District opened an administrative case against Google, LLC.

Under Russian law, search engine operators are obliged to exclude links to resources with illegal information from the results of search results. To do this, they must connect to the federal state information system containing a list of prohibited Internet resources.

Earlier, as a result of control measures, Roskomnadzor established that Google, LLC is not connected to the federal state information system. This fact constitutes an administrative offense under section 1 of article 13.40 of the Code of Administrative Offenses. For legal entities provides for liability – a fine in the amount of from 500 to 700 thousand rubles.

November 26, 2018 in respect of Google, LLC a protocol on administrative violation. Consideration of the case on the merits will be held in December 2018.”

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