"[The court hereby rules to] find Google guilty of committing an administrative violation under Part 2, Article 13.41 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation and impose a penalty in the form of an administrative fine in the amount of three million rubles," said the judge presiding over the case.
Google was charged for hosting videos on YouTube that contained information about illicit methods of gaining entry into secure facilities - information deemed potentially perilous to human life and well-being. Moreover, the videos in question disseminated allegedly false information about the conflict taking place in Ukraine. (Related: Donbas separatist republics BAN Google for pushing Western propaganda and threatening Russian speakers in the region.)
Legal documents revealed that Google had previously received notices about the requirement to remove the said content from its platforms. However, the company failed to comply with these requests, resulting in the court's decision to impose the fine.
Ever since the military intervention in Ukraine in February 2022, the Russian government has taken a stance against any form of criticism regarding its military actions.
Just like Google, Wikipedia, Reddit and Apple have been slapped with monetary fines for allegedly being involved in disseminating misleading information about the ongoing military operations in Ukraine.
Earlier this month, Apple had been hit with its third fine from Russia. The tech giant was handed a fine of 400,000 rubles ($4,238.30) for its failure to remove certain podcasts and applications with "inaccurate content" about the ongoing Ukraine war from its App Store and podcast platform.
The Kremlin claimed that certain information provided in these apps and podcasts was misleading and incorrect to sway public opinion on the ongoing conflict. Russian authorities argued that these materials were intended to involve minors in illegal activities and destabilize the political situation within Russia.
Similarly, the Wikimedia Foundation, the owner of Wikipedia, incurred a three million ruble fine for failing to remove content related to the Russian military. This marked the seventh time the organization has been fined, with active appeals still pending in Moscow courts.
In July, Russia issued Reddit its first-ever two million ruble ($21,000) fine after the platform failed to delete content on "knowingly false information" about the involvement of the Soviet Union in World War II.
In 2022, Amazon was fined four million rubles ($42,000) for failing to remove content related to suicide and drug use as the content contradicted Russia's legal regulations. As reported by Interfax, a Russia-based news agency, the Magistrates Court issued this fine in response to Amazon's failure to delete content related to methods of suicide and drug consumption.
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