US News Russia: The pressure increases on the digital giants on the eve of the Legislative

20:20  15 september  2021
20:20  15 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Legislative elections in Morocco: Last day of a "Atone" campaign

 Legislative elections in Morocco: Last day of a © Fadel Senna / AFP The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, November 17, 2018. This Tuesday, September 7 mark the last country day in Morocco. The legislative elections will take place Wednesday, September 8, in the Cherifian kingdom. Issue: The renewal of the House of Representatives in Rabat. The majority party will come from the head of government. An election campaign so far "Atone", according to observers.

Les salariés de Google à Moscou ont reçu la visite d'huissiers. © Reuters - Dado RUVIC Google employees in Moscow received the visit of bailiffs.

The polling stations will open on Friday, September 17 in Russia for three days of parliamentary elections. A ballot where almost no opposition candidate can present, and yet the power continues to want to lock any possible protest expression. Its target for months, and singularly in this return: everything that allows access to the "intelligent vote" advocated by the opponent incarcerated Alexei Navalny.

of our correspondent in Moscow,

bailiffs landed Tuesday in Google's offices in Moscow. Their message? The company is asked to comply with a court decision of September 3rd: make it impossible for any search on its engine with these two keywords: "vote" and "intelligent".

Local and Legislative Elections in Morocco: Electoral Soking for the Justice and Development Party

 Local and Legislative Elections in Morocco: Electoral Soking for the Justice and Development Party © AFP - Fadel Senna Journalists follow the announcement of election results in Morocco, September 9, 2021. Electoral slap in Morocco for the PJD, The Justice and Development Party, the majority for ten years in Parliament and the head of the outgoing government is not even in the top trio after the legislative of yesterday, Wednesday, September 8.

The "intelligent vote" is the formula found by the team of opponent Alexei Navalny to put the power in difficulty: to indicate to the voters who is the best placed candidate, whatever his label, to beat the one. power. The technique has encountered local successes in the last local elections of 2019, particularly in the Russian capital.

Yandex, whose search engine is very used, has already executed, even if it has announced that it would appeal the decision. But Google no; Google who in general usually does not pay the fines of the Russian courts: on a slate of 32.5 million rubles, almost 400 000 euros, the US company has so far paid that approximately 10%.

As Apple, Yandex is also in the Russian authorities' collimator for its refusal to remove this time the app developed by Navalny to access the recommendations on the "intelligent vote". The authorities agitate the threat of criminal proceedings. A few days ago, the US ambassador had been summoned on this subject, and Washington accused of interfering with this bias in the elections.

Morocco: The King names Aziz Akhannouch Head of Government

 Morocco: The King names Aziz Akhannouch Head of Government © Fadel Senna / AFP Morocco, RNI, Government has near the victory of its Liberal Party in the legislative elections at the expense of Islamists in power, the businessman Moroccan Aziz Akhannouch has been appointed Head of Government and responsible for training the new executive by King Mohammed VI. The monarch "received Friday, September 10, 2021 at the Royal Palace in Fez Mr. Aziz Akhannouch (...) that the Sovereign appointed Head of Government, and instructed him to form the new government,"

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Other component of the offensive: The russian internet gendarme seeks to block any VPN. Roskomnadzor has announced having blocked six at the beginning of the month , although some still remain accessible.

Other net giants are regularly in court. Tuesday, Facebook and Twitter were inflicted respectively 21 million and 5 million rebels of fines, or € 245,000 and 58,200 euros, by a Moscow court. Telegram Messaging, founded by Russian Pavel Dourov, who lives abroad, has been sentenced to 9 million fine rubles (105,000 euros).

Facebook, Twitter and Google Americans are regularly accused of failing content of content, including political content, and they have been questioned directly by President Vladimir Putin. According to the business, Moscow reproaches them for having left content on the apology of drugs or suicide, not having deleted publications calling for the opposition, or not to store in Russia data from their Russian users.

As a nose foot, Navalny's teams made public their tips Wednesday: To block the ruling party, they most often advise communist voting. In Moscow, eleven candidates of this party were recommended in fifteen districts.

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Gérard Depardieu: Become Russian in 2013, he just made "his duty" .
© Alain Rolland / ImageBuzz / Bestimage Gérard Depardieu: become Russian in 2013, he just made "his duty" a real Russian citizen. As part of the legislative elections, this Sunday, September 19, Gérard Depardieu went to the polls at the Russian Embassy in Paris to support the current President Vladimir Putin. An exemplary citizen. In 2013, Gérard Depardieu created the surprise in getting Russian nationality .

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