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Russia fines Google for $52,526

Letters spell the word “Alphabet” as they are seen on a computer screen with a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Paris, France, August 11, 2015. Photo: Reuters

A Moscow court on Monday said it had ordered Alphabet’s Google to pay 4 million roubles ($52,526) for not removing access to content banned in Russia, the latest in a string of fines for the U.S. tech giant.

Reuters reports that Russia upped the ante late last year in its efforts to increase pressure on Big Tech, handing massive, revenue-based fines to Google and Meta Platforms for repeatedly failing to remove content Moscow deems illegal. 

Google declined to comment.

The TASS news agency reported that Google had been fined for providing access to links to banned websites.

($1 = 76.1530 roubles).

Writing by Muzha Kucha