Google's Russian Branch to File for Bankruptcy After Bank Account Seized

Google's office in Russia is unable to operate due to the government's seizure, the company says.

Mary King Associate Editor
Mary is an associate editor covering technology, culture and everything in between. She recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served as an editor at The Daily Tar Heel and reported for newspapers across the state. You can usually find her decked out in UNC merch and streaming lo-fi hip-hop while she writes.
Mary King
Google logo on phone

Russian officials seized the bank account of Google's branch in Russia.

Sarah Tew/CNET

Google's subsidiary in Russia is filing for bankruptcy after the country's government seized its bank account.

"The Russian authorities' seizure of Google Russia's bank account has made it untenable for our Russia office to function, including employing and paying Russia-based employees, paying suppliers and vendors, and meeting other financial obligations," a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

Google will keep free services, like search, YouTube, Maps and Gmail, available to people in Russia, the company noted.

Google had halted its advertising in Russia in March following demands from Russian officials that the company stop showing ads about Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Since late February, many companies have curtailed operations in Russia. Apple, for instance, stopped selling its products there and halted online transactions; Intel suspended business operations in the country; Microsoft suspended sales of products and services there; and Nokia exited the Russian market.