Russia, after the protests, Google will not advertise illegal events

People attend a rally to demand the authorities to allow opposition candidates in the upcoming local elections in Moscow, Russia, August 10, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s state communications watchdog, said on Sunday it had asked Google’s (GOOGL.D) in order to stop the advertising of illegal mass events,” to its YouTube video platform.

Tens of thousands of Russians have staged some observers have called the country’s biggest political protest for the eight-year-old, on Saturday, defying a crackdown on the question of free elections to the Moscow city legislature.

The watchdog, Roscomnadzor, has said Russia might consider it an interference in its sovereign affairs, and an adverse effect would be that Google is not responsive to the request.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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