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Russian antimonopoly regulator to recalculate fine for Google

May 19, 2016, 16:04 UTC+3 ST. PETERSBURG

The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service will recalculate the fine for Google another way — Head of the Service Igor Artemyev

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ST. PETERSBURG, May 19. /TASS/. The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) will recalculate the fine for Google another way, Head of the Service Igor Artemyev told journalists on Thursday.

"Let’s see how things will go. We will recalculate the fine another way, one more time. We need to calculate the penalty amount more precisely," Artemyev said.

TASS reported earlier, that the penalty amount for Google could be announced on May 31.

In March 2016, FAS initiated administrative proceedings against Google to determine the amount of fine under part 2 article 14.31 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offences. According to the article, abuse of dominant position on the market of operating systems for mobile devices in Russia, Google (the owner of the Android OS) can pay a fine ranging from 1% to 15% of its revenues on the Russian market in 2014.

According to the document, Google needs to submit information on the revenues from Google Play store and the products distributed with it in Russia in 2014 within five days after receiving the document. The corporation also needs to provide written explanations and other relevant information. In addition, Google representative must come to the agency on March 31 for questioning and signing the protocol on administrative offense.

In January 2016, Head of FAS Igor Artemyev said Russia’s competition law violation penalty for US Google Corporation will most likely amount to 7% of the turnover in 2014 with addressed inflation.

On September 14, 2015, the Federal Antimonopoly Service ruled that Google Inc. and Google Ireland Ltd. had breached the competition protection law under the complaint of the Russian Internet company Yandex. According to the regulator, Google obliged manufacturers of Android OS-based devices to pre-install its applications together with Android platform. FAS said that Google’s policy restricted installation of applications by other developers. Google did not agree with the ruling and appealed to the court.

Google did not agree with FAS decision and appealed to the court. On February 5, 2015, the Court brought Yandex as a third party in the case and decided to hold hearings behind closed doors.

On March 14, the Moscow Arbitration Court has dismissed the lawsuit Google filed against Russia’s FAS.

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