About this it is said in a report by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
It is noted that On November 4, the Moscow Magistrate’s Court fined Google company 15 million rubles (approximately $165,745) for repeatedly failing to localize the personal data of Russian citizens in the Russian Federation.
Russian state regulator Roskomnadzor requires foreign Internet services to localize the databases of Russian users from July 1, 2021, and in June 2022 Russian courts fined Google 15 million rubles for non-compliance with this law.
Earlier, the Russian government had already banned certain Western social networks and demanded that Google remove “false information” about the Russian war in Ukraine in early 2022.
As the Institute emphasized, Russia likely seeks to force its citizens to use search engines and other Internet services of Russian companies, which the government can control better than international companies such as Google.
- It was previously reported that several Russian Internet providers blocked access to Google news search against the backdrop of the June 2023 “coup d’état” by the leader of the “Wagner” PMK Yevgeny Prigozhin.