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Federal Tax Service blocks accounts for Google’s Russian branch

Russia’s Federal Tax Service (FNS) has blocked all transactions for Citibank accounts belonging to Gugl, Ltd., the Russian branch of web services giant Google. The move was first reported by the Moskva news agency.

The FNS indicated that it blocked Google’s accounts in order to extract outstanding fines and taxes.

Representatives for the company’s Russian branch called the account blockage a “technical issue,” according to Interfax.

Kommersant wrote that the Federal Service of Courtroom Bailiffs has two orders for state duties out against Gugl, Ltd. Their total value is 4,100 rubles ($61.95).