Prosecution service confirms Yandex does not break media law

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office told Interfax it had not exposed violations in the activity of the major Russian search engine.

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office told Interfax it had not exposed violations in the activity of the Yandex, Russia's major search engine.

"An inspection did not uncover violations of media legislation by the company," a representative of the supervisory service told Interfax on Wednesday.

The inspection was initiated by State Duma Security and Anti-Corruption Committee Deputy Chairman Andrei Lugovoi, the Prosecutor General's Office said.

Lugovoi said earlier he had asked the Prosecutor General's Office to launch an inquiry into the Yandex search engine and to list it as a media outlet. In the opinion of the deputy, Yandex is a major media outlet with a huge audience. It hosts news and analytical materials, including those of the leading Russian and foreign media. So, Lugovoi believes that Yandex is a mass media distributor which must obey by the media regulations.

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