MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/. Moscow’s Tagansky District Court fined Google 4 mln rubles ($50,124) for spreading fake reports about losses of the Russian armed forces in the course of the special operation in Ukraine and victims among local residents, a TASS correspondent reported from the courtroom.
"The Court found Google guilty under part 2 article 13.41 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (failing to delete information if the obligation to delete such information is included in the legislation of the Russian Federation) and imposed a penalty in the form of a 4 mln rubles fine," judge Timur Vakhrameev read out the decision. The hearing took place in the absence of a Google representative, who did not appear in court.
According to the case files that were voiced in court, the videos posted on the YouTube portal contained inaccurate data about the alleged telephone conversations between the Russian servicemen and their relatives intercepted by SBU (Security Service of Ukraine - TASS), where they report heavy losses, as well as videos with information about the executions of retreating troops RF barrage detachments.
Since last year, Russian courts have regularly imposed fines on foreign IT companies for refusing to remove prohibited content on the national segment of the Internet. Earlier, the court imposed a turnover-based fine in the amount of 7.2 billion rubles ($89.7 mln) on Google - the first such fine in the practice of the Russian court - for the company’s systematic failure to remove information banned in Russia.