Lithuania asks, Google bans sanctioned Russian artists

Google has announced to the Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) that it has removed the official accounts of EU-approved Russian artists at the request of the Lithuanian media watchdog.

According to LRTK, the accounts in question are the active official accounts of Oleg Gazmanov, Nikolai Rastorguyev, leader of the Russian nationalist rock band Lyube, Grigory Lepsveridze, known as Grigory Leps, Yuliya Chicherina, Yaroslav Dronov (Shaman), Viacheslav Manucharov and Polina Gagarina.

The move comes after the watchdog asked Google and YouTube to remove the official accounts of people on the EU sanctions list. Following Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, the EU has drawn up a list of individuals and organizations subject to sanctions. These organizations are held responsible for actions that undermine or threaten Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence.

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