Russia’s largest search provider, Yandex, filed a complaint against Google for what it believed were anti-competitive practices. Now, Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has given credence to Yandex’s claims and “issued a prescription to Google in order to require the company to remove anti-competitive restrictions from its agreements with manufacturers,” according to a press release.
Yandex, as you might expect, is pretty pleased about the outcome as well. CEO Arkady Volozh penned a blog post explaining what the move means for his company.
Short version: He believes this will make the Android platform truly open, which will in turn foster innovation and be better for everyone. “With choice, the possibilities are endless,” he said.
With a potential market of over 140 million, and at least a few other antitrust cases in the balance, Google will likely want to contest the decision. We’ve reached out to the search giant for comment on the ruling, and will update this article should more information arrive.