The Moscow Arbitration Tribunal issued an injunction prohibiting Google and Yandex from creating a list of results for the search query “Smart Voting”. The relevant decisions were made on the website published by the court.

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The documents showed that the lawsuit against both companies was brought by Woolintertrade. The main activity of the company is the wholesale of agricultural raw materials. Woolintertrade deals with the purchase and processing of unwashed sheep’s wool in order to sell it. In the summer, the company received approval from Rospatent to register the “Smart Voting” trademark.

In turn, the Russian consumer protection agency, Rospotrebnadzor, restricted access to the Smart Voting website. She justified her action by saying that the website was used to continue the activities of the extremist organization “Fond to Combat Corruption” (FBK).

“Smart Voting” is a project proposed by the team of Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny. It provides for voting for the alternative candidate who has the best chance of defeating the ruling party’s candidate, regardless of his party. The project was launched by Navalny in November 2018. Several candidates recommended by the project have won elections in their constituencies.

Former director of the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) Ivan Zhdanov said on Instagram that the court’s decision was unlawful. He pointed out that “Smart Voting” did not generate commercial revenue, as has been used by supporters of Alexei Navalny for several years. Therefore, in his opinion, this judgment indicates an abuse of law by the plaintiff. He added:

“The court session also took place without our participation.”

Yandex announced that it will appeal the court’s decision. The company found that the court ruling did not make it clear exactly what they were required to do and how this could be implemented.

The Russian media supervisory authority had previously asked Google and Apple to stop offering Nawalny’s app in their mobile app stores. If the corporations refuse, it will be seen as “meddling in Russian elections,” it said.

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