Russian billionaires are a dime a dozen in Russia, where connections to politicians matter a lot.
Yevgeny Prigozhin is one of these Russian billionaires, and his allegedly close ties to Russia’s oligarch, Vladimir Putin, is something he wants to remove from search engine results.
Prigozhin filed several lawsuits against Yandex, the primary Russian search engine, under a new law imposing penalties for refusal of search engines to delete links to unreliable information sources at the request of individuals took effect on January 1, 2016.
Prigozhin asked Yandex to delete links to information about him, but his claims were dismissed.
Yandex representatives explained that they dismiss a lot of claims, as they cannot verify whether the information about a person is true or false.
The case is interesting in the light of Google providing a method of removing outdated information on its index, in Europe. That process is far from perfect.
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