Google’s Russian subsidiary filed bankruptcy declaration: Ifax


Alphabet’s Russian subsidiary of Google has filed a declaration of bankruptcy, Interfax reported on Friday citing an online court filing.

The subsidiary announced plans to file for bankruptcy in May after authorities seized bank accounts, making it impossible to pay staff and vendors.

“The seizure of Google Russia’s bank account by Russian authorities has caused the Russian office to fail … Therefore, Google Russia has filed for bankruptcy,” a spokeswoman for the company said.

“Russian people depend on our services … and we will continue to use free services such as Search, YouTube, Gmail, Maps, Android, Play.”

Russia restricts access to Twitter and Meta Platforms Inc.’s flagship social networks, Facebook and Instagram.

Google and its YouTube video hosting service are under pressure but are currently available. Moscow, in particular, opposes the treatment of Russian media that YouTube is blocking.

However, Anton Gorelkin, vice chairman of the House Committee on Information Policy, said US companies are not yet at risk of being blocked.