“The confiscation by the Russian authorities of the bank account of Google Russia has made the operation of our office in Russia unsustainable, including employing and paying employees, paying suppliers and vendors, and meeting other financial obligations,” a Google spokesperson told Reuters. The company sent a statement to Fedresurs, Russia’s official records system, stating that it is no longer able to meet its financial obligations in the country. “Since 18 March of 2022, (the company) foresees its own insolvency and inability to meet obligations. The company stated that it will keep services such as YouTube, Gmail, Maps, Android and Play in operation in the country.
Google has been subject to several sanctions and fines imposed by the Russian government due to the dissemination of content that is considered illegal in the country, which maintains strict state control over the media. In March, Russian authorities restricted access to Google’s news service in Russia, claiming that the American search engine contains false information about the “special military operation” (as the government calls the war) that the Kremlin launched in Ukraine nearly a month ago. .