Google fined 6.7 mln USD for violating competition law in Russia

Signage is displayed outside the Google Inc. headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. Google, owner of the world's most popular search engine, said third-quarter profit increased as businesses spent more on advertising for online consumers. Photographer: Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog said Thursday it has fined industry giant Google 438 million rubles (6.7 million U.S. dollars) for violating competition law.

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) said Google had forced mobile device manufacturers to preinstall its applications on mobile devices using the Android system.

Google was also accused of placing its applications at priority positions on the home page of mobile devices to the detriment of alternative software. Google’s software also prevented the installation of applications of other developers, the FAS said in its statement.

“The Competition Law must be observed by all the companies that supply their products to the Russian Federation, including multinational corporations,” Yelena Zayeva, head of the Communications and Information Technologies Department of the FAS, said in the statement.

The FAS said Google must pay the fine within 60 days after the order becomes effective. The Russian side is still discussing related issues with the company. [ The FAS ruled against Google last September over the company’s abuse of its dominant market position, following a complaint filed by Yandex, one of the leading Internet technology firms in Russia.

 

Source: Xinhua