MOSCOW, Oct 21 (Reuters) - A Moscow court on Thursday said
it had sent state bailiffs to enforce the collection of 17
million roubles ($238,845) in fines imposed on U.S. social media
giant Facebook for failing to delete content that Russia
Moscow's Tagansky District Court issued the order over four
fines that Facebook has not paid, the court said in a statement,
the second time this month it has sought the assistance of
bailiffs in bringing Facebook to heel.
The court said Facebook, which did not immediately respond
to a request for comment, had on Thursday asked for more time
before the ruling is enforced, citing technical problems.
State communications regulator Roskomnadzor says fines
totalling around 70 million roubles have been imposed on
Facebook this year, but that the company has not paid any,
highlighting the challenges Moscow faces in cracking down on
foreign tech giants.
Roskomnadzor is now seeking to impose a much bigger fine on
Facebook that would total 5-10% of the company's annual turnover
in Russia due to what it says are repeated legal violations.
On Tuesday, Roskomnadzor said it would seek to fine Google a
similar percentage of its annual Russian turnover for the same
($1 = 71.1758 roubles)
(Reporting by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Angus MacSwan)