Google is the new victim of the Russia-Ukraine war that started in February 2022. Russia fined the company for making propaganda against itself. Roskomnadzor, The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, has filed a series of accusations against the tech giant.
Google encourages people to protest
Google was fined 365$ million (21.1 billion rubles) by Roskomnadzor, the state institution responsible for monitoring the media in Russia. This organisation is also responsible for censorship in the same area.
The organisation’s accusations are based on ‘fake news’ created for the Russian Army. Google received this penalty for not removing videos with content of ‘extremism and terrorism on YouTube. Russian organisation claims the videos give false information about the Ukraine war.
The Russian Organization also said in March that it could fine Google 8 million rubles (about $94,675 at the time) to 20% of Google’s annual turnover. The reason for these sanctions was ‘illegal’ YouTube videos. Russia also fined Google for news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine the last December. It should be noted that Russia did not pay this high fine either.
Although these fines of Russia on Google seem quite difficult for Google, Google has remained silent until now.
Companies have stopped their services in Russia
Since the Russia-Ukraine war began, many companies have stopped or suspended their activities in Russia. So much so that many of these companies are still not operating. While some companies withdrew completely with the onset of the war, some restricted their activities.
Some of these companies are as follows:
- Dell Technologies
- Visa and Mastercard
What do you think will happen in the face of these high fines of Russia? Does Google pay those fines? Please share with us in the comments.