Google pulls down Putin rival’s protest adverts
Google has taken down Youtube adverts by Alexei Navalny, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, ahead of elections for regional governors in Russia. The videos showed Mr Navalny calling for Russians to take part in protests on September 9 against raising the retirement age. A Navalny aide said the removal of the adverts amounted to “political censorship”.
Google said it required all advertisers to act in accordance with local laws. Officials asked Google to remove the videos last month, arguing that they were illegal as rules around Russian elections prohibit political campaigning within 24 hours of an official poll. —BBC