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Russian antimonopoly service reserves pronouncing penalty to Google again

June 30, 8:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Earlier the regulator repeatedly postponed the date for announcing the sum of the penalty
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MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has reserved pronouncing the size of penalty for Google, Elena Zayeva of FAS told TASS.

"FAS has postponed consideration of the case regarding the penalty for the company due to a request by Google. The date of the next hearing will be known later," she said.

The regulator was expected to announced the penalty on June 29.

Earlier FAS repeatedly postponed the date for announcing the sum of the penalty for Google.

Earlier this month, head of FAS Igor Artmeyev said that the watchdog does not rule out a settlement agreement with Google.

FAS was ready to reduce the fine if Google recognizes violation and fulfils the improvement notice, Artemyev said.

The Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeal postponed consideration of the case between FAS and Google until June 30 and made a decision to hold a closed trial.

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, in view of the abuse of dominant position on the market of operating systems for mobile devices in Russia, Google as the owner of the Android OS can pay a fine ranging from 1% to 15% of its revenues on the Russian market in 2014.

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