Russia hands Google small fine for advert infraction

FILE PHOTO: Letters spell the word "Alphabet" as they are seen on a computer screen with a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Paris, France, August 11, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service said on Thursday it had fined Google 100,000 roubles ($1,560) for circulating adverts for financial services by Ali Trade, a company it said did not have the required license for such activity.

Russia has fined Google on several occasions in recent years, although those fines typically amount only to small sums. It fined Google 700,000 roubles in June for failing to remove entries from its search results that Moscow believes contain illegal information.

Earlier this month state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said that Google had allowed political advertising during regional elections on Sep. 8 despite being asked to ban such publicity.

($1 = 64.1570 roubles)

Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Angus MacSwan