Russian Opposition YouTube Ad Removed After Government Complains


After the Russian Central Election Commission complained about a YouTube advert made by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Google removed it from its platform according to a Reuters report.

Furthermore, Google also received requests to take down the ad from other official bodies from Russia such as the Roskomnadzor media regulation agency, the Prosecutor-General's Office, and the Federal Antimonopoly Service.

The Russian opposition's YouTube ad was designed to urge all Russians to take part in the protests planned for September 9 against the national retirement age changes proposed by the government.

Following the protests, police arrested more than 800 people in Moscow's Pushkin Square and all across Russia, with the Moscow protests taking place the same day the Russian capital was organizing mayoral election

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