Russia describes US interference in its internal affairs as unacceptable

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The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced that Moscow has compelling evidence of violations of Russian law by American Internet platforms and describes US interference in Russia’s internal affairs as unacceptable in light of the parliamentary elections.

“Russia has irrefutable evidence of violations of Russian law by American Internet platforms in the course of preparing and holding elections to the State Duma; in this regard, we declare that interference in the internal affairs of our country is categorically unacceptable.” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zagarova told the press.

The diplomat said that Moscow transmitted the corresponding information through the Russian embassy in Washington to the State Department and the US National Security Council.

He also warned Washington that the patience of Moscow, which “has so far refrained from raising barriers to American business in Russia, is not without limits.”

“We assume that the US authorities will immediately take comprehensive measures to meet our demands,” he concluded.

On September 16, the Russian Senate Committee for the Defense of State Sovereignty will discuss “the interference of Google and Apple in North America in the elections to the State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament).” This committee has denounced it Google and Apple violate Russian electoral law by posting content prohibited by law.

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What content?

On September 6, the Russian media organization Roskomnadzor announced the ban on the Smart Voting website (Smart Voting) claiming to be promoting the activities of the FBK (a Russian acronym for the Anti-Corruption Foundation), one of the NGOs it created. Opposition blogger Alexei Navalny It is banned in Russia by extremists.

On the same day, the Moscow Arbitration Court ordered, as a precaution, to stop the search engines Yandex and Google from displaying search results with the keywords “smart voting”.

Links to the Smart Voting website, Navalni’s project in support of opposition candidates challenging the Kremlin, no longer appear in the Yandex search engine.

At the moment, links to the smart voting site and the application of the same name They appear in Google, but do not open them.

On September 9, Roskomnadzor denounced that Apple and Google app stores, as well as DNS and CDN servers from Google, Cisco, and Cloudflare allow access to the Smart Voting website, and warned that if they did not stop doing so, their actions could be considered interference in the electoral process. .

Putin is confident that United Russia will consolidate its dominance in the upcoming elections

Elections to the State Duma of the eighth legislature will be held from Sept. 17 to 19, coinciding with legislative elections in 39 regional entities and the election of 12 regional governors.

What does Google say?

Google respects the laws of the countries in which it provides its services and Do not stand with any political sideA spokesman for the American giant, Alexander Monin, told the press.

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“Google is a global platform that bears the responsibility to ensure a safe environment for its users and customers,” Minin said, noting that the company does not stand with any political camp and respects the laws of all countries that provide its services.

“The company is cooperating with the Russian regulators to solve any legal problems that arise and maintains a permanent dialogue with the regulators,” a Google spokesperson confirmed.

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