By Alexander J Martin
It is unclear whether the web giant or Kremlin officials have backed down to avoid a looming conflict.
Roskomnadzor has sent repeated requests to Google requiring it to route Russian citizens’ web searches through a government filtering system.
However, the head of the regulator, Alexander Zharov, told state-owned news agency TASS on Friday: “At this stage, we are satisfied with the results of the dialogue with Google.”
Mr Zharov’s comments appear to mean Google is no longer facing punishment in Russia for refusing to comply with censorship regulation.
But, it is unclear whether this is because Google or the Russian regulator has backed down.
Although there have been suggestions Google would not connect to the Russian government’s blacklist and would refuse to automatically remove links, there is no public information on if this is still the case.
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