After scores of people were arrested by police in Russia over the weekend - in what observers described as the country's biggest political protest in eight years - Russia’s state communications watchdog on Sunday told Google to stop advertising what it called ‘illegal mass events’ on its YouTube platform.
The agency, which is in charge of censorship in the media, claims some entities purchased ad tools from YouTube in order to spread information about protests.
Tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets in Moscow and St.
Petersburg, demanding free elections for the Moscow city legislature... and defying a crackdown on protests.
Multiple YouTube channels broadcast the rally live.
The state communications agency said if Google does not try to stop events like these from being promoted, Russia reserved the right to respond accordingly.
It did not elaborate on what that response might be.
A Google spokesperson in Russia declined to comment.
Putin and the Kremlin have so far avoided commenting on the unrest