Russian imposed its largest fine ever last week against the American-based social media company Google, to the turn of $97.7M, for breaking Russian law. The penalty was for not removing banned content.
Russian economic pundits declared the fine in-line with international norms.
The turnover-based fine imposed earlier by a Moscow court on Google has unified the responsibility of the IT giant, said the Director of the Institute of Legal Regulation at the Higher School of Economics Anna Dupan, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
“For me it only means that Russia keeps pace with all other countries that actually impose turnover-based fines and successfully collect them for various violations. It is revealing that the situation is roughly similar in all countries, even the amount of fines is approximately the same. And I think that for Google it is also very revealing that in all countries it faces similar requirements that it has to observe, facing the same responsibility for the failure to do so,” she said.
The expert expects Google to appeal the ruling as “the experience of fines imposed in other countries shows that Google always reaches the court of final appeal and only then does something and pays.”
Meta, the old Facebook, was also fined a large amount.
The content subject to removal ranges from pornographic material and posts promoting drugs and suicide to messages calling for Russians to protest in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, whose groups were outlawed as “extremist” this year, reported The Moscow Times.