Google will be charged 1 billion rubles for blocking Duma TV

Google will be charged 1 billion rubles for blocking Duma TV

Viacheslav Volodin.
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State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin suggested that deputies take control of the issue of Google’s implementation of the decision of the Moscow Arbitration Court on the claim of Duma TV. This was reported by the press service of the State Duma.

At the beginning of the plenary session, the speaker said that on November 22, the Moscow Arbitration Court fully satisfied the claims of Duma TV (ANO Editorial Board of Parliamentary Television) against Google for 1 billion rubles. The court ordered Google to restore access to the Duma TV YouTube channel, and in case of failure to comply with the decision, to collect a penalty in the amount of 100,000 rubles a day until it reaches 1 billion rubles. The fee will double every week.

“The Committee on Family, Women and Children should think about where it is necessary to direct the funds that Google Duma TV should transfer to solve the problems of children. And if the money is not transferred, if they try to go into bankruptcy proceedings, we will ask the Security Committee to think about how we will return these funds. Where they have property, accounts and everything else. To behave this way with the Russian parliament is not with (former) US President (Donald) Trump, ”the politician said.

Viacheslav Volodin stressed that the State Duma should not be cut off from communications, even if an international company tries to do so. Legislators will defend their right both in international courts and in parliaments, the speaker added.

Google blocked the Duma TV account on YouTube in April, explaining this by complying with the legislation on sanctions and trade rules. The blocking of the parliamentary channel in the YouTube video hosting is another proof that the United States wants to get a monopoly on the promotion of information, while violating the rights and freedoms of citizens, Viacheslav Volodin wrote on April 9 in his Telegram channel.

In its account, Duma TV posted exclusive comments by deputies, broadcast plenary sessions and authored programs.

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