Russian court fines Google nearly $100M as Moscow steps up pressure on big tech

MOSCOW — A Moscow court fined Google nearly $100 million Friday over its failure to delete content banned by local law, a penalty that reflects Russian efforts to step up pressure on big technology companies.The Tagansky District Court ruled that Google repeatedly neglected to remov

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Russia’s COVID toll hits 578000 after deadliest month

A medical specialist tends to a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a local hospital in the town of Kalach-on-Don in Volgograd Region, Russia November 14, 2021. REUTERS/Kirill BragaRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comMOSCOW, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Russia’s COVID-19 death toll has reached at least 578,020, the third worst in…

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Russia’s infections, deaths soar to pandemic’s highest

MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in Moscow on Thursday announced plans to shut restaurants, cinemas and non-food stores and introduce other restrictions later this month, as Russia registered the highest daily numbers of new coronavirus infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic.The government coronavirus task force reported 36,339 new confirmed infections and 1,036 deaths…

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GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016

Two GOP political operatives have been indicted for their involvement in a scheme to solicit an illegal campaign contribution from a Russian national in 2016.Jesse R. Benton, 43, and Roy Douglas “Doug” Wead, 75, were both charged with counts related to illegal campaign contributions by a foreign national and filing false records to the Federal…

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Putin’s United Russia party more unpopular than ever ahead of parliamentary elections

/ Europe ON THE GROUND Issued on: 18/09/2021 – 17:30Modified: 18/09/2021 – 17:31 Opposition activist Elena Pariy talking to a Russian in the central region of the Urals. © FRANCE 24 screengrab Russia is voting in its general election on the second of three days for a new parliament, as well as some local and regional…

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Facebook says Russia-linked ad agency tried to smear Covid vaccines

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Facebook said Tuesday that it has removed hundreds of accounts linked to a mysterious advertising agency operating out of Russia that sought to pay social media influencers to smear Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and AstraZeneca.A network of 65 Facebook accounts and 243 Instagram accounts was traced back to Fazze, an advertising…

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Taliban Tells Moscow It Now Controls 85% Of Afghanistan As U.S. Troops Prepare To Exit

Topline A Taliban delegation in Moscow claimed that the group now controls 85% of Afghanistan’s territory as it sought to assuage Russian fears of Islamist insurgents from the country trickling into Central Asia—a region Moscow sees as its zone of influence. Taliban insurgents claim they have captured 85% of Afghanistan’s territory. AFP via Getty Images…

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U.S. to sanction Russia for alleged 2020 election interference and hacking campaign

The United States is set to hit Russia with fresh sanctions for interference in the 2020 presidential election, a sweeping cyberattack against American government and corporate networks and other activities.The sanctions are expected to be announced on Thursday and include expelling Russian diplomats from the U.S. and blacklisting more than 20 Russian entities, according to…

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