Russia fines Google for failing to remove banned content
Google was found guilty of repeatedly failing to delete search results "containing information prohibited in Russia" and was fined three million rubles (around $41,000), state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said.
Roskomnadzor said Google was only partially compliant with current laws, noting that on average 30 percent of links to banned extremist or pornographic material or content related to suicide was not taken down.
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.