Russia's Roskomnadzor Files Case Against Google

Published Tuesday, November 27, 2018 -
Russia's Roskomnadzor Files Case Against Google

The ongoing battle against online gambling in Russia is stepping up a notch after the Russian regulatory agency Roskomnadzor recently released their third-quarter numbers on the types of complaints it received from the public regarding suspected instances of online content prohibited under current government regulations.

Russians have been inundated this year by obvious digital promos for unlicensed online casino operators. A certain online gambling operator has been employing Russian hip-hop singers to rap about how much fun it is to play at online slots. Apparently Roskomnadzor got 63,215 complaints related to online gambling in the three months ending September 30, nearly 5 thousand more than the agency received in the third quarter of 2017. Then in the first nine months of 2018, Roskomnadzor received over 206k gambling-related complaints, a massive expansion over the previous statistics.

Hard as it is to believe the Roskomnadzor’s banning initiative in the first week of November blocked another 3,119 online gambling domains. There were 14 thousand domains blocked in October with the year to date total up above 100,000.

Recently Roskomnadzor announced it had opened an administrative case against Google LLC over Google’s refusal to connect to the federal state information system (FGIS) and its list of “prohibited Internet resources.” It has been suggested the pending case will be considered in the very near future.

After the regulatory agency threatened Google with a fine of US$10,400 for failing to purge its search results of blacklisted domains it was reported that Roskomnadzor’s deputy chief Vadim Subbton has met with Google’s Doron Avni to point out the problems and to ask again for Google to join the ‘anti-piracy’ memorandum. This memorandum included the requirement for internet firms to purge search results of prohibited content, including file-sharing sites offering illegal copies of copyrighted material, which many times featured advertising for online casino operations.  Russia has licensed only a small number of domestic online sports betting sites with all other types of gambling prohibited.

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