Google responds to Russian election interference allegations
The company said it supported “responsible political advertising that complies with Russian laws.”
Google has responded to allegations of meddling in the internal policy of the Russian Federation on election day, saying it supported “responsible political advertising that complies with Russian laws,” RIA Novosti reported.
Earlier, Nikolai Bulaev, Deputy Head of the CEC of the Russian Federation, said that a lot of materials published on Google and Facebook can be considered an interference in the internal affairs of Russia. Roskomnadzor also said intervention had taken place claiming they had revealed political ads on Google and Facebook on election day. Roskomnadzor, the communications watchdog, intends to reach deputies with reports on violations of Russian electoral law.
Alexander Malkevich, the head of the commission of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation on the development of the information community, media and mass communications, told TASS that Google interfered in the Russian election showing opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s Smart Vote advertisement before the website of the Moscow City Electoral Commission whenever one entered “Moscow City Duma elections” in the search engine.
Earlier it was reported that Navalny said the elections results to the Moscow City Duma were "the fantastic work of Smart Vote." The Moscow elections resulted in the opposition receiving 20 out of 45 seats in the City Duma.