Google's Russian subsidiary to file for bankruptcy

STORY: Google’s Russian subsidiary plans to file for bankruptcy.

The U.S. tech firm said Wednesday (May 18) that Russian authorities had seized the unit's bank account.

Alphabet’s Google has been under pressure in Russia for months as Moscow wanted it to delete content it viewed as illegal.

It was also criticized in the country for restricting access to some Russian media on YouTube.

The Kremlin has so far stopped short of blocking access to its platforms.

Google said that by seizing its bank account authorities had made it impossible for its Russian office to function.

It also published a notice of the unit's intention to file for bankruptcy.

Google has stopped the majority of its commercial operations in Russia since February.

Western countries have left the country en masse since Moscow's invasion of Ukraine - which it calls a ‘special military operation’.