Google Finally Paid Fines Issued by Russia

Google has paid all the fines imposed by the Russian courts, the decisions on which have entered into force, according to the press service of the corporation. The exact amount of all fines paid was not mentioned. 

As was previously reported by Roskomnadzor, in 2021 Google received fines of 32.5 million rubles in the Russian Federation, but paid only 3.5 million of them. The company did not pay fines for failure to delete prohibited information (11 protocols, a fine totalling 26 million rubles) and a fine of 3 million rubles for refusing to localize the personal data of Russian citizens on the territory of the country.

However, the Head of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption, Vasily Piskarev, following a meeting with Google representatives, said that the company had paid fines in the amount of 32.5 million rubles, which were imposed for non-removal of prohibited content.

In addition, according to RIA Novosti, Google has agreed to provide the State Duma deputies with internal rules, because of which the German-language RT channels on Youtube were removed.

“When we discussed the reason why they, roughly speaking, cut down our channels, RT, they said that these channels allegedly violated their internal rules […] I asked the company to submit these materials to us and after long negotiations, they agreed to show us these materials so that we could also see what was happening,” Piskarev said.

As explained, Piskarev cited the statements of the director for interaction with public authorities of Youtube and Google Marco Pancini.

“They named such a block of sources of law […] We will look over, then we will think about how to interact with them further,” Piskarev concluded.

Ru-Main, 25.10.2021
Source: Izvestia 

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