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Moscow Arbitration Court rejects Google's appeal against FAS case

According to the court official, Moscow Arbitration Court has rejected Google's appeal against Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service

MOSCOW, August 17. /TASS/. The Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeal rejected Google's appeal against the case of the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), Head of FAS Department for Regulation of Communications and Information Technologies Elena Zaeva told reporters on Wednesday.

"The court upheld the decision of the court of original jurisdiction," she said. 

"We are certainly pleased that the court upheld the judgment in favor of FAS. Soon as it enters into force, and we hope that in the near future, Google will perform the issued order in full," Zaeva said.

At the same time, FAS will enforce Google ruling. "We expect to see the situation favorable for the development of competition in the market, it is the most important thing," she added, saying that Google has not yet paid the fine.

Yandex, witness in the case, also expressed support for the court's decision. "We are pleased with the decision, once again it confirms the conclusions reached by the Federal Antimonopoly Service Commission on anti-competitive practices on Google on Android platform," Yandex press-service said.

Representatives of Google declined to comment on the court's decision and the further actions of the company.

On August 16, FAS said they failed to reach an agreement with Google on amicable agreement.

It was reported earlier, that FAS determined the fine in the amount of 438 mln rubles ($6.7 mln) penalty for US Google Corporation.

In March 2016, the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) initiated administrative proceedings against Google in view of the abuse of dominant position on the market of operating systems for mobile devices in Russia.