On October 19, Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor said that Moscow could fine Google up to 20% of its annual revenue in Russia as soon as this month for not removing content deemed illegal. .
This is seen as Russia’s strongest effort to rein in foreign technology companies.
|Google faces a very heavy penalty|
According to Roskomnadzor, since the beginning of this year, Google has been fined a cumulative 32.5 million RUB ($458,100) for repeatedly ignoring requests to remove content banned in Russia. However, the US technology giant has not yet paid this fine.
Therefore, Roskomnadzor will be more aggressive by imposing a penalty of 5-20% of Google’s revenue in the country of Aries.
SPARK’s business database shows that Google’s revenue in Russia in 2020 reached 85.5 billion RUB ($1.2 billion). Therefore, the 5-20% fine that this “tech giant” has to pay could be around 4.3-17.1 billion RUB ($60.5-240 million).
Google has not yet commented on the above information.
Recently, Russia has increased pressure on foreign technology companies in an effort to increase control of the domestic Internet, such as slowing down the speed of Twitter since March and regularly fined some companies. another company for infringing content.
In early October, Roskomnadzor said it would ask the court to impose a revenue penalty on the world’s largest social network Facebook based on a law signed by President Vladimir Putin in December 2020.
Google is currently fighting a court ruling ordering the company to unblock the YouTube account of a sanctioned Russian businessman, or face a double fine on its gross revenue, and it will doubled every week.
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