Russia Fines Google $100m Over "Illegal" Content
Russia has slapped American tech company Google with a record-breaking fine for failing to remove "banned content."
A Russian court issued the $100m financial penalty on Friday in response to Google's alleged "systematic failure to remove banned content."
Although the financial penalty is the largest fine of its kind ever to be issued by a Russian court, it reportedly represents a mere 6.7% of the amount of money Google made in Russia last year.
The court set the fine at $100m after being informed by Russia's internet regulator, Roskomnadzor, that Google's annual revenue in Russia in 2020 exceeded 85 billion rubles (approximately $1.5bn). This is the first time Russian authorities have calculated such a fine based on a tech company’s turnover.
Friday's court order is not the first time Russia has financially penalized Google over content. In 2018, the tech company was fined 500,000 rubles (around $6,800), chiefly for failing to remove content in which opposition leader Alexei Navalny called for demonstrations to be made against Russia's president, Vladimir Putin.
The same offense landed Google with fines of 700,000 rubles and 1.5 million rubles in 2019 and 2020, respectively. This time last year, a Russian court found Google