A Moscow court penalized Google over $100 million for failing to remove content that was prohibited by Russian law.
This is a punishment, according to NbcNews, that underscores Russian efforts to put pressure on large technological corporations.
The Tagansky District Court concluded that Google had failed to remove the unlawful content on multiple occasions and fined the firm 7.2 billion rubles ($98.4 million).
Google has stated that it will review the court records before making any decisions.
Russian authorities have recently increased their pressure on social media platforms, accusing them of failing to remove content related to drug misuse, firearms, and explosives.
Authorities had previously criticized tech companies for failing to delete announcements regarding unofficial protests in support of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in 2021.
Smaller fines were issued on Google, Facebook, and Twitter by Russian courts in 2021. The judgement by the Moscow court is the first time the amount of the fine has been assessed based on revenue.
Russian authorities have also asked that foreign tech firms hold Russian individuals’ personal data on Russian servers, threatening them with penalties or possible bans if they refuse.