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Russia States Facebook, Google Spread political Advertisements on election day

Russian country communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said technology giants Google and Facebook had enabled political advertisements during Sunday’s regional elections despite being requested to prohibit such advertisements.

“Such activities can be regarded as interference in Russia’s autonomous events and interrupts the conduct of democratic elections in the Russian Federation,” the watchdog said on its site.

Reuters wasn’t able to instantly attain Google or Facebook for remarks.

Russia is holding regional elections on Sunday, such as in Moscow, following the exclusion of several opposition candidates triggered large protests from the Russian capital over the previous several weeks.

Roskomnadzor said on Friday it requested Facebook and Google to prohibit the book of political advertisements during elections on Sunday and on the previous afternoon, in accord with Russian law.