Google and parent company Alphabet will wait a bit longer to find out how much of a fine they may have to pay the Russian government after being found to violate Russian anti-trust laws. The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) was expected to announce a decision today, but instead delayed a ruling until May 31st. This move appears to have come at the request of Alphabet.
Last fall FAS found Google had violated Russia’s anti-trust laws by bundling several Google applications with the Android operating system. The Android operating system is open source, but to use Google’s own version of it the company requires smartphone manufacturers to pre-load several Google apps like Gmail, Maps and YouTube. Russia’s largest search provider, Yandex, objected to this practice and filed the complaint.
In March, Google took an appeal of the initial ruling to an Arbitration Court in Moscow. Unfortunately for the company, that body upheld the initial FAS ruling. The matter was back before the FAS in April when a decision regarding the size of the fine and other steps was supposed to be decided. However, that decision was delayed until today.