Google fined $16,000 for non-compliance with Russian court orders

In September 2015 the FAS ruled that Google Inc. and Google Ireland had breached competition protection law under the complaint of the Russian internet company Yandex.

In September 2015 the FAS ruled that Google Inc. and Google Ireland had breached competition protection law under the complaint of the Russian internet company Yandex.

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Federal Antimonopoly Service punishes U.S. giant over Android court case

The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has reviewed additional penalties for Google due to its failure to obey court orders regarding the "Android Case."

The FAS has decided to set two fines for the U.S. company, amounting to a total of 1 million rubles ($16,000), TASS reports.

In September 2015 the FAS ruled that Google Inc. and Google Ireland had breached competition protection law under the complaint of the Russian internet company Yandex.

According to the regulators, Google had obliged the users of Android OS-based devices to pre-install its applications on Android. This policy, according to the FAS, restricted installation of applications by other developers, a ruling which Google attempted to appeal against.

The FAS has announced that “Google Inc. and Google Ireland Limited are administratively responsible for non- compliance with orders. The service has set a fine of 500,000 [rubles, or $7,868] for each company. Earlier the FAS refused to extend Google’s deadline for complying with the requirements.”

These are the first fines for the corporation for non-compliance with orders. Earlier, Head of FAS Igor Artemyev told journalists that FAS could fine Google every two weeks if the company delays enforcing regulations of the service.

Since it has abused its dominant position in the market for operating systems in Russia, as owner of Android OS Google could pay a fine ranging from 1-15 percent of its total revenue in Russia in 2014.

In September Google began to notify Russian users of Android devices about the possibility of changing search engines, deactivating pre-installed applications, installing third-party services (such as search engines, emails, calendars, and more) in accordance with the ruling of the Android Case.

Google noted it is continuing to work with FAS on the technical execution of their orders.

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