MOSCOW, September 16. /TASS/. Russia is glad to see international IT giants on its market, but they should observe the country’s laws, including the payment of fines handed out by the Russian Federal Service for the Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday, adding that this rule covers Google as well.
"The fines that have been handed out should be collected under the law. We are glad to see international giants here, but they must observe Russian laws," he said.
Asked how attractive the Chinese pattern of the Internet regulation is for the Russian Federation, Peskov noted that "Russia is a sovereign country, and the Internet is regulated in a way that serves the best interests of the country."
Russia’s media watchdog said in late August that Google had been fined 32.5 mln rubles ($438,047) for not complying with Russian legislation but had paid only 3.5 mln rubles ($47,174).