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Russia: Roskomnadzor fines Google RUB 3M for violation of the Federal Law on Information

The Federal Service for the Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications ('Roskomnadzor') announced, on 10 March 2021, the decision by the Magistrate of the Judicial District No. 442 of the Tagansky Judicial District of Moscow, to impose a fine of RUB 3 million (approx. €35,990) on Google LLC., for a violation of Federal Law of 27 July 2006 No. 149-FZ 'On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection' (as amended) ('the Law on Information'), following an initial fine for failing to remove prohibited content.

Background to the decision

In particular, the Roskomnadzor noted that an administrative case was initiated against Google in 2019 for failing to remove prohibited content from search results, with Google paying a fine of RUB 700,000 (approx. €8,400). However, the Roskomnadzor specified, after monitoring, Google was found to have only partially complied with the requirements of Russian legislation, forming the basis for the larger fine.

Findings of the Roskomnadzor

More specifically, the Roskomnadzor found that around 30% of the links to content prohibited in Russia remained in search results, with the repeated commission of the offence by Google forming the basis for a larger fine in accordance with Article 13.40 of the Code of 30 December 2001 No. 195-FZ on Administrative Offences.

Outcomes

The Roskomnadzor noted the trial took place on 17 December 2020, fining Google RUB 3 million (approx. €35,990) for repeated failure to delete prohibited information from search results.

You can read the announcement, only available in Russian, here.