Google pulls down Putin ri­val’s protest adverts

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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

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