On Tuesday, Russia imposed fines on Facebook and Twitter for failing to delete banned content, which added a series of penalties that the government has imposed on foreign technology giants.

Russia has been tightening its control of US-based technology companies, and last week accused them of interfering in a parliamentary poll to be held later this month.

According to the official Telegram channel, a Moscow court fined Facebook five times on Tuesday, totaling 21 million rubles (approximately 212 crore).

The same court fined Twitter 5 million rubles (approximately 5 million rupees).

According to the state-run TASS news agency, so far, Facebook has been fined 90 million rubles (approximately 9 crore) in Russia, and Twitter has been fined 45 million rubles (approximately 45 crore).

Russia often takes legal actions against Internet platforms because they do not delete content that is marked as illegal, such as pornographic material or posts that condone drugs and suicide.

The judicial authorities also fined Google for the same crimes and failed to store data of Russian users on domestic services.

Almost all critics of the Kremlin—including allies of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny—are banned from participating in the September 17-19 parliamentary elections.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said last week that it had summoned the US ambassador to Moscow and accused the US technology giants of “interfering” in public opinion polls.

Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor has blocked dozens of Navalny-related websites, including a website that instructs Russians on how to vote for politicians from the ruling United Russia Party.

The media watchdog also urged Google and Apple to remove apps dedicated to Navalny’s “Smart Voting” campaign from their stores.

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The “smart voting” strategy has led to the increasingly unpopular United Russia Party losing multiple seats in the 2019 local elections.