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Google Just Got Fined Almost $7 Million by Russia’s Anti-Monopoly Watchdog

Man in front of a display with the website of the internet search engine Google.Man in front of a display with the website of the internet search engine Google.

Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog said on Thursday Google would have to pay a 438 million ruble ($6.8 million) fine for pre-installing applications on mobile devices running its Android operating system.

The watchdog, FAS, ruled last September that Google had broken anti-monopoly laws, following a complaint by Russia’s Yandex.

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“We have received a notification from FAS about the imposed fine,” Google’s press service said on Thursday in a written statement.

“We will familiarize ourselves with the ruling before deciding on further actions.”

 

The watchdog said Russian customers would benefit from its decision and that international corporations have to obey Russian law defending fair competition as well as other companies.