Russia’s media watchdog blocked
internet giant Google for several hours on Thursday in a bid to
enforce a tax ruling made in 2016.
Google.ru appeared on Russia’s register of
banned sites for approximately three hours on Thursday afternoon,
with a number of internet providers restricting users’ access.
The site was blocked as as part of a
ruling made last year against a Russian bookmaker.
Officials said that Google redirected
users to the bookmaker’s site, which was blocked as part of an
ongoing tax dispute with the Russian authorities.
Alexander Zharov, the Russian internet
regulator Roskomnadzor, said that Google had been promptly removed
from the agency’s list of blacklisted sites as soon as the banned link
had been removed.