Russia pursues fine for Google over banned websites – Alpha…


Russia has filed charges to fine Google (GOOG, GOOGL) — though not much — for failing to go along with government censorship on banned websites.

The country’s Internet regulator is pursuing fines of 700,000 rubles (about $10,400) for failing to filter out banned sites from its search results.

A law calls for search engines to remove the banned sites as of the beginning of this month, but some sites remain available via Google and chief rival Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX).

The watchdog has found itself unable to enforce many of its broad censorship powers against foreign companies like Google.

Premarket: GOOG +1.3%; GOOGL +1.3%; YNDX -1.8%.

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