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A Russian court fined Google 4 billion rubles (about $47 million). This is a penalty for not paying an earlier fine for an alleged abuse of a dominant position in the video hosting market.

Google was fined 2 billion rubles in February 2022. The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) said at the time that YouTube has an “opaque, biased and unpredictable” approach to “suspension and blocking of user accounts and content,” the TASS news agency reported.

Google appealed this decision.

The FAS said Google’s previous fine was doubled for non-payment. “The company must additionally pay more than 4 billion rubles to the budget of the Russian Federation,” FAS concluded.

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YouTube, which has been blocking Russian state-owned media around the world, is under intense pressure from Russian state authorities and politicians, but Moscow refrained from blocking the site.

Google has stopped selling online ads in Russia in March 2022 after Russia invaded Ukrainebut has provided some free services. Its Russian subsidiary officially declared bankruptcy after authorities seized its bank account, preventing it from paying employees and suppliers.

According to TASS, Google has 60 days to pay the fine.

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