A Moscow court fined Google on Thursday for not taking down online content banned by the Russian authorities, the latest in a series of escalating penalties against the U.S. tech giant.
Google was found guilty of repeatedly failing to delete search results “containing information prohibited in Russia” and was fined 3 million rubles.
In 2018, Russia fined Google 500,000 rubles in particular for failing to remove calls for demonstrations from opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said US social media networks and video hosting websites “unilaterally and arbitrarily conduct political censorship of Russian media accounts”.
The Kremlin has in recent years ramped up controls over the internet, ostensibly to fight extremism.
But government critics have denounced official oversight of the web as a means to stifle debate and silence dissent.