Google was fined for $7,500 by Russia's state-run communications service Roskomnadzor. The reason was the failure to comply with the Russian legislation, as the Head of the institution Oleksandr Zharov said, TASS reported.
The institution made this decision due to Google’s refusal to connect to the website registry banned in Russia for search results filtration.
According to the official, Google has responded that the company believes that it respects Russian legislation.
“We believe that as we monitor the search result and as the websites of the unified registry of banned information are included in this results, it is an irrefutable proof that the relevant filtration is not performed,” he said in a commentary for Interfax.
Zharov warned that the institution might open new administrative cases on Google if it fails to comply with the legislation.
Earlier, Roskomnadzor blocked a number of IP addresses of Google.
On April 16, Roskomnadzor started blocking Russian Telegram due to the fact that the leadership of the messenger refused to pass Russia’s Security Service the keys to the encryption of users’ correspondence.
Roskomnadzor included over 18 million IP addresses of Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Digital Ocean, which used messenger for interlock bypass to the banned website registry.
Blockages performed by Roskomnadzor affected the operation of many websites which used the hosting of blocked providers. Yet, Telegram remains accessible to the users.