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Russian Authorities Block Google's Acquisition of Zao Ebgun

Russian antitrust authorities have halted the procedure of Google’s acquisition of Zao Begun, a Rambler Media owned online advertising company.

The acquisition agreement worth USD 140 million was penned in July this year, with the aim of expanding search engine giant’s online advertising business in Russia.

But, Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) blocked the deal, as it claimed that the document submitted by Google didn’t have any clear information on employees in Russia, which posed problems for FAS in analysing the consequences of the deal.

Zao Begun, a Ramble media owned company, primarily deals in search and video and text advertising business.

Expressing its disappointment on the authority’s decision, Google said in a statement, “We strongly believe that this acquisition will enable us to significantly opportunities for Russian users, advertisers, and publishers as well as the entire industry.”

Incidentally Google is already facing antitrust charges in US, Europe and Canada over its contentious ad-revenue sharing deal with Yahoo.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.