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Google pays fine for refusing to filter content, says telecom watchdog

Earlier the watchdog fined Google for non-compliance with the Russian legislation

MOSCOW, February 1. /TASS/. The US-based tech giant and search engine Google has paid a $7,623 fine for refusing to join the federal state information system and filter content banned in Russia, spokesman for Russia’s telecom regulator Vadim Ampelonsky told TASS on Friday.

"Google has paid the fine. The accounts department has received the money," he said.

Earlier, the watchdog slapped Google with a fine totaling 500,000 rubles ($7,623) for non-compliance with Russian legislation.

It noted that under the Russian law, search engine operators are obliged to exclude references to resources with illegal information from the search results. To do this, they must connect to the federal state information system containing a list of prohibited Internet resources.