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November 10, 2015

Russian watchdog extends Google anti-monopoly deadline

News: The original deadline of 18 November has been extended for a month.

By CBR Staff Writer

Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog has granted Google’s request to extend the deadline for the company to comply with a ruling to amend its contracts with smartphone manufacturers.

The company originally had until 18 November to correct its contracts. The deadline has now been extended to 18 December.

Google has been accused of abusing its dominant position in the Russian market with respect to the way it bundles its own apps with the Android operating system.

Russian Internet firm Yandex accused Google of blocking Android-based smartphone manufacturers from pre-installing Yandex products.

Google may face penalties of up to 15% of its 2014 revenue in Russia.

Earlier this year, Russia’s media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, warned Google, Twitter and Facebook stating that it will block the sites in the country if they fail to comply with Russian Internet laws.

The watchdog alleged that all the three websites contain information that criticise Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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