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Russia accuses Google and Facebook of interfering in elections

Russian state body regards political advertising on election day as interference in the sovereign affairs of the Russian Federation
21:04, 8 September 2019

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The Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) accused Google and Facebook of spreading political advertising during the regional elections. The press service of Roskomnadzor reported this.

The service informed that "such actions are considered as interference in the sovereign affairs of Russia and an obstacle to the holding of democratic elections in the Russian Federation."

Roskomnadzor also reports that earlier it warned Google and Facebook about the inadmissibility of the distribution of political ads on their resources on September 7 and 8 in connection with the election in the Russian Federation.

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Earlier the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called on international partners to give a principled assessment of Russia's illegal actions to organize and conduct the so-called "local elections" in occupied Crimea and to increase pressure on it. This was written in a statement published on the Foreign Ministry website.

"New violations of international law by the Russian Federation indicate the need not only to continue but also to strengthen international political and economic pressure on the Russian Federation in order to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including in the form of restrictive measures related to the occupation of Crimea," the statement said.

Related: Lithuania, Latvia not recognize "local elections" in annexed Crimea

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