Roskomnadzor (Russian controlling service over telecommunications – RRT) ordered Russian providers to block the Russian domain of the Google search engine (google.ru).
At the time it is known that the domain was blocked by the providers TTK, Akado, Moscow provider Avaks, and the St. Petersburg provider Sumtel.
In addition, a local provider in Obninsk (Kaluga region) confirmed that the domain appeared in the list of the websites that need to be blocked.
The domain was on the list of banned sites since 2016. It remains unknown why it was ordered to be blocked only now.
Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky said that he learned about the blocking from journalists.
As the head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov said, Roskomnadzor demanded to block Google because a “forbidden” link led to the website of a bookmaker office. According to him, the issue has already been resolved, although the site still does not work for the users. In addition, the words of Zharov still do not clarify why the domain started to be blocked now, and not in 2016.