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Russia's federal censor wants to fine Google for ignoring its Internet blocklist

Source: Meduza

Russia’s federal censor faces a fine as high as 700,000 rubles ($10,675) for refusing to connect to the government’s system for blocking banned websites from its search results. Google will reportedly have the opportunity to challenge the penalty in court.

According to a law enacted last year, Internet search engines are required to delete hyperlinks to blocked websites from their search results.

The same legislation also prohibits Internet anonymizers and technology used to circumvent online censorship. Last year, journalists at VC.ru noticed that Google and Yandex had started removing links to such websites from their search results.