The Russia’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor mentioned that the US tech companies allowed political ads to run during regional elections on September 8 in spite of being informed two days earlier that doing so would violate the country’s election laws.
The agency mentioned that “During the monitoring of mass media on voting day, on Google’s search engine, on Facebook and on YouTube, political advertising was established. Such actions can be seen as interference in Russia’s sovereign affairs and hindering the conduct of democratic elections in the Russian Federation.”
According to the Russian media, a high-ranking member of Russia’s Civic Chamber, Aleksandr Malkevich announced that Google “displayed ads for the so-called ‘Smart Voting’ system promoted by opposition figure and video blogger Aleksey Navalny—these ads are said to have been shown to users searching for data on the local elections in Moscow.”
Currently, Russia is known for its participation in other countries’ democratic processes.
The government’s plan to separate itself from the internet but this decision hasn’t helped its reputation when it comes to censorship and monitoring citizens’ online activities.
Roskomnadzor has informed Twitter and Facebook that these two companies are violating Russian laws by not storing data in the country and has threatened to ban Google for not connecting its search engine to the federal database of banned websites.
Roskomnadzor also mentioned that ” if the companies published the political ads, there would be an “adequate reaction.
This condition will now be “thoroughly examined” by the related commission in the Russian Parliament.