In a message posted on Telegram, Denis Pushilin, head of the Donetsk People's Republic, accused Google of pushing anti-Russian propaganda that directly threatens the safety of Russians in Ukraine.
"The inhuman propaganda of Ukraine and the West has long crossed all boundaries. There is a real persecution of Russians, the imposition of lies and disinformation," he wrote. He added that the search engine "openly, on the orders of its curators from the U.S. government, promotes terrorism and violence against all Russians, and especially the population of Donbas." (Related: Google helping Deep State control narrative by demonetizing all content critical of Ukraine.)
According to Pushilin, his government only did what any other government in the West would do when dealing with criminals in their jurisdictions.
"This is what they do in any society with criminals: They are isolated from other people," he said. "If Google stops pursuing its criminal policy and returns to the mainstream of law, morality and common sense, there will be no obstacles for its work."
The head of Luhansk People's Republic, Leonid Pasechnik, made a similar statement banning Google. He stated that the search engine has become "the main weapon" used by Kyiv and the West in their media offensive against the Donbas separatists.
"We will do fine without Google," he said. "If they redeem themselves and start respecting people – we will think about its return."
The announcement of the ban was just the latest move taken by either the Donetsk or Luhansk People's Republics to restrict Western tech giants. Both separatist republics previously banned Facebook and Instagram in May on the grounds that both platforms "allowed calls for violence against Russian-speaking users."
This move followed Russia's own ban against Meta's social media platforms after a court in Moscow found the company guilty of promoting "extremist activity," including allowing death threats against Russian President Vladimir Putin and the country's military leaders.
On July 18, a court in Russia fined Google 21 billion rubles ($353 million), citing the tech giant's failure to delete prohibited information regarding the conflict in Ukraine on its search engine and on YouTube. This content allegedly promoted "extremism and terrorism" and included a lot of false information regarding the war in Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the war in late February, Russia has ramped up its enforcement of laws meant to clamp down on the spread of disinformation. Back in May, this anti-disinformation campaign led to Google's Russian branch filing for bankruptcy, saying it was "untenable" for the office to continue operating in the current environment.
If Donetsk and Luhansk are able to properly enforce the full-scale ban on Google, it would mark a new and more aggressive step in the digital campaigns of both separatist republics.
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