Russia has fined Google 21.1bn rubles ($373m; £301m) for failing to restrict access to “prohibited” material about war and other content in Ukraine.
The country’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, said the information included “fake” reports that defamed Russia’s military and urged people to protest. It called the US tech giant a “systematic” violator of its laws.
Google did not immediately comment.
The company’s local subsidiary declared bankruptcy last month. The move comes after Russian authorities confiscated his local bank account, allowing him to recover the 7.2 billion rubles the firm was ordered to pay last year for similar reasons.
In recent years, Russia has been increasing pressure on tech firms, accusing them of not correctly moderating their content and interfering in the country’s internal affairs.
Efforts to control social media and other news sites intensified after the invasion of Ukraine in February. The government also passed a law threatening people spreading “fake” information about the war with 15 years in prison.
In March, Alphabet-owned Google stopped offering commercial services such as advertising in Russia. It has also extended its sanctions for news accounts backed by Russia and transferred employees.
However, it is not banned outright in Russia, unlike other social media sites such as Facebook, where many smartphones rely on the company’s technology. In March, Alphabet said the decision to continue offering search, maps and YouTube provided Russians with access to “global information and perspectives”.
According to state media, the fine announced on Monday, calculated as a share of the firm’s local revenue, marks the most significant penalty ever imposed on a tech company in Russia.