August 17, 2022

What you need to know

  • Russia has fined Google approximately $373 million for spreading “fake news” about the Ukraine war.
  • The fine arises from YouTube’s failure to remove videos deemed illegal in the country.
  • Google’s Russian subsidiary has also filed for bankruptcy after Russian authorities seized its bank accounts.

Google has had a rocky relationship with Russian authorities in recent months, following a nearly $100 million fine for prohibited content last year. Things are getting worse for Google, as Russia has imposed yet another fine for failing to delete YouTube videos that violate the country’s laws.

According to Reuters (opens in new tab), Google was fined 21.1 billion rubles (approximately $373 million) by a Moscow court for continuing to host the banned videos after being told to remove them. The videos in question contain materials that Russia claims cast a negative light on its “military operations” in Ukraine.