Russia has imposed a fine of $358 million (21 billion rubles) on Google LLC for failing to restrict access to information considered prohibited in the country.

According to an announcement by Roskomnadzor, Russia’s internet watchdog, Google, and its subsidiary YouTube have failed to remove the following materials even after multiple requests from the Russian IT controller:

  • Information about the course of the “special military operation” in Ukraine, which discredits the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
  • Content promoting extremism and terrorism.
  • Content promoting harmful acts for the life and health of minors.
  • Information that promotes participation in unauthorized mass actions.

The Roskomnadzor has tried over the past months to enforce sanctions based on various parts of the Code of Administrative Offenses in Russia.