Court orders Google to unblock
2021-04-14 09:24

Court orders Google to unblock "Tsargrad" on YouTube

The Moscow Arbitration Court has ruled in a lawsuit filed by Internet channel Tsargrad Media against Google, obliging the foreign company to unblock the TV channel's account on YouTube.

In addition, the court ordered a refund for monetization of the content.

Google refused to provide services in the framework of the contract, citing U.S. sanctions against the founder of Tsargrad Konstantin Malofeev, the media said. However, the court disagreed with the defendant's position and applied Article 248.1 of the APC of the Russian Federation, introduced by the "Lugovoi Law".

In Russia, the court for the first time obliged the resident company of the country, which imposed sanctions, to perform its obligations under the contract, which it refused to perform after the imposition of unilateral sanctions.

Thus, the court found the sanctions laws to be contrary to Russian public policy as applied to the conduct of a foreign company. The court also issued its decision on the merits based on a new rule, namely Article 248.1 of the Arbitration Procedure Code of the Russian Federation, the media reported.

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Author: Ksenia Gustova