The Court of Appeal rejected the appeal by the Mountain View company because it considers “legitimate and reasonable” the decision of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia in response to the complaint lodged by the search engine Yandex
Google must pay a fine of 438.06 billion rubles (5 million gbp) after being rejected an appeal by the Court of Appeal No. 9 in Moscow, which considers “legitimate and reasonable” the decision of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) from the 11th of August in response to the complaint lodged by the search engine Yandex on abuse of market position from the american company.
Research of the Russian authorities was initiated following the complaint by Yandex, found that Google “abused its dominant position by forcing mobile device manufacturers to preinstall ‘Google Play’ and other applications”, in addition to prohibiting the preinstallation of other developer apps.
“We hope that the implementation of the resolution will create conditions for effective competition in the market on mobile applications,” said the director of the Department for Regulation of Communications and Information Technologies FAS, Elena Zaeva.
It is not the first time the Internet giant is accused of dominant position. Last April, the European Commission officially accused Google of abuse when considering imposing “restrictions” to manufacturers of Android-based operators and mobile network devices.
In addition, the Mountain View have yet another concern in Europe: Brussels expanded last July, the statement of objections to return to the charge and accused Google in digital advertising.