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Russia told Google today to stop advertising 'illegal mass events' on Youtube after tens of thousands of Russians protested on Saturday, demanding free and fair elections.
It is estimated that over 50,000 protesters pitched up in central Moscow, waving the Russian flag and demanding fairness after independent candidates were disqualified from the upcoming elections.
YouTube - Channels - Event - Live
Multiple YouTube channels broadcast the event live.
Thousands have also been arrested over the past fortnight at what the government considers unsanctioned political rallies.
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Over 300 anti-Putin demonstrators were also arrested throughout the day.
Towards the end of the rally, hundreds of young people ran at the Presidential palace screaming 'Putin is a thief.'
Communications - Watchdog - Roscomnadzor - Entities - Youtube
The Russian communications watchdog, Roscomnadzor, said some entities had been using Youtube notifications to spread information about the protests aimed at disrupting elections which are deemed illegal by Moscow.
It said Russia would consider a failure by Google to respond to the request as 'interference in its sovereign affairs' and 'hostile influence...
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