Putin asks for 'Google tax' on non-Russian Internet companies

February 2, 2016 10:52 AM

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Google, Apple and other U.S. tech companies could soon be cutting checks to the Kremlin if they want to continue operating within Russia: President Vladimir Putin has asked the government to amend legislation to enable “more equal working conditions” among Internet companies, and Russian media reports that it may involve a new tax on services offered out of Silicon Valley.

The Kremlin announced Friday that Mr. Putin has signed a series of executive orders as a result of a December forum, among them a request for six federal agencies to work with the president’s new Internet adviser, German Klimenko, on amending legislation to ensure equal operating conditions for comp...

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