Google’s decision to stop providing Internet access in Russia is a setback for a nascent free market that has been the focus of US government intervention.
The move is the latest blow to the nascent internet infrastructure in Russia, where Russia’s president has been a vocal opponent of a proposed “internet freedom” law, which would require all web sites and other content to adhere to Russian government rules and regulations.
In the past few weeks, Google and other tech companies have been trying to persuade the Russian government to allow them to operate in the country, including in some parts of the country that have been heavily policed by the government.
As the Russian Government’s Internet Ministry prepares to consider a bill that would give it more control over the country’s web, Google has been making its case that it can make a difference by working with the Russian Ministry of Communications, which controls most of the internet traffic in the Russian Federation.
As part of a recent Google+ post, Google explained that its business is crucial for Russia’s economy: The internet in Russia makes it possible to create new businesses and connect people to their communities.
Google also noted that its products can improve government services, which has helped Russia overcome years of political instability and economic problems that have crippled its tech sector.
The Kremlin’s push to force internet access has been an attempt to stem dissent on the internet, which critics say is used by hackers, drug dealers, and others to spread disinformation and propaganda.
Google has said that it will continue to work with the government in an effort to provide services to Russian consumers, and that the Russian authorities’ decision to prohibit internet access for most of its citizens is an attempt at censorship.
But as part of its effort to get Russia’s government to grant it access to the Internet, Google also has worked to establish a “Consulting Icon” to facilitate communications with government officials and other stakeholders.
The icon was created in 2014 to make it easier for businesses and government officials to engage with the Kremlin.
The Icon is now used by the Russian ministry of communications, as well as the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the state intelligence service.
Google, Facebook, and other companies have argued that the Icon provides a valuable tool for providing access to government services and ensuring a fair and free internet.
But Russian media has been critical of Google’s efforts to establish the icon, and it has led to calls for Google to withdraw its application.
A Russian court has also ordered Google to remove the icon from its Google+ site, and Facebook has announced it will cease to offer Internet access to some Russian residents.
In addition to blocking access to Facebook and Google, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has also been pushing a “cyber security law” that would force internet service providers to collect information on Russian citizens and restrict what content users can post online.
But in March, the Kremlin’s Federal Security service announced that the law was “dead” and “unconstitutional,” and that Facebook would not be forced to block certain content.
Russian officials have also said they will block Google’s services in a bid to curb political dissent.
But Russia’s Internet infrastructure is far from finished.
Last year, Russia began blocking VPNs that allow users to circumvent censorship and spyware that is often used by internet criminals.
In April, the country also banned social networking services like WhatsApp and Viber.
And last year, a government court found that Facebook violated a ban on paid advertising on Russian social media platforms, which the Kremlin said violated the company’s “moral obligation” to “ensure the safety of the state.”
For now, Russia is only able to provide limited services.
Russian Internet providers can’t offer Internet-based banking, and only limited services are available for certain types of payments.
Google is not able to connect to a bank account in Russia due to a law that bans banks from dealing with Russian financial institutions.
In December, a new Russian law requires all Russian ISPs to provide online banking and payment services to all users.
The government has also banned online banking, including payment card transactions, from social networks, websites, and apps that offer payment services.