Google Banned in Russian-Occupied East Ukraine

Pro-Russian authorities in the occupied regions of eastern Ukraine have banned Alphabet’s Google search engine, accusing the U.S. tech giant of promoting “terrorism and violence against all Russians.”

The move, announced by Denis Pushilin, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in east Ukraine, comes just days after Russia slapped Google with a $377 million fine for failing to regulate prohibited content.

In a statement posted to the social messaging service Telegram, Pushilin accused Google of being a leading source of anti-Russian propaganda
“The inhuman propaganda of Ukraine and the west has long crossed all boundaries. There is a real persecution of Russians, the imposition of lies and disinformation,” he wrote, arguing that Google “openly, on the orders of its curators from the U.S. government, promotes terrorism and violence against all Russians and especially the population of Donbas [in eastern Ukraine].”

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