Google vs. in Russia. In a ruling on Monday, March 14th, the Moscow Arbitration court found Alphabet’s Google guilty of unfair practices. The original complaint, filed by Yandex (the Russian Google) argued that Google’s Android contract violated competition rules by requiring phone makes to pre-install certain Google services to get access to the Google Play app store.
The ruling was initially handed down by the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), which naturally caused an appeal from Google. Said appeal has now been rejected, meaning Google will need to amend it’s contracts with Russian OEMs to comply with the regulations. When asked for a statement, a Google spokesperson said, “We are not commenting, as we have not as yet received the judgement.”
This ruling does not affect Google’s business practices throughout the rest of Europe, but the European Commission’s own investigation of Google’s practices is ongoing and this Russian ruling could certainly have an adverse affect on them and the 80% European market share that Google now enjoys.
Please see our other articles (below) detailing the antitrust battles between Google, the EU and other markets around the world:
As stated previously, stay tuned.
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