Russian state communication regulator asked Google to detract its protests advertisement on YouTube as the local elections draw nearer.
In a letter addressed to Google, the advertisements and notifications about protests were described as interference in its ongoing political activities.
Over the weekend, thousands of people flocked Moscow to protest and call for fair elections. The protests reached its 5th week to cry out to the government to allow independent candidates to be part of the elections.
Some protesters were detained by the authorities during the 5-week protests.
While the Russian spokesperson said that it would respond to Google’s passive reaction, it will be remembered that Russia has sanctioned Google twice in the past year already.
Google failed to remove or disable links to websites banned from the Russian government.
Earlier this year, Russia passed a law enabling it to develop secluded internet access that will operate separately from the mainstream internet.