Google’s Russian subsidiary to file for bankruptcy
The Russian subsidiary of US tech giant Google said on Thursday it would file for bankruptcy after authorities seized its bank account following a series of spats with Moscow.
Google has been under increasing pressure in Russia for several months and even more so after the start of President Vladimir Putin’s military campaign in Ukraine in late February.
“Google Russia has published a notice of its intention to file for bankruptcy,” a spokesperson for the company told AFP.
“The seizure by Russian authorities of Google Russia’s bank account has rendered the operation of our office in Russia untenable, including the employment and payment of Russian-based employees, the payment of suppliers and vendors, and compliance with ‘other financial obligations,’ the company said.
However, it said it would continue to provide free services “such as Search, YouTube, Gmail, Maps, Android and Play” to customers in Russia.
In late April, a Russian court fined Google 11 million rubles ($135,000 at the time) for ignoring state regulator orders to remove controversial YouTube videos about the Kremlin military operation in Ukraine.
The tech giant has also infuriated Russian officials by blocking the official media channel of the lower house of parliament and deleting the YouTube channels of many pro-Kremlin outlets.
As part of efforts to control what information is available to a domestic audience, Russian courts have already banned Facebook and Instagram, calling them “extremist” organizations, along with Twitter.
Google’s Russian company plans to file for bankruptcy
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