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Russia’s Culture Ministry has ordered the federal tourism agency to look into banning the popular Booking.com website as part of countermeasures against the latest U.S. sanctions.
The Culture Ministry instructed Russia’s Rosturism agency “to consider a proposal to ban the activities of Booking.com in Russia” by June 4, the RBC business portal reported this week.
The potential ban would prohibit customers from using Booking.com to book hotels in Russia, he was cited as saying. Russian customers of Booking.com will be able to continue booking hotels in other countries, just like customers in other countries will be able to book hotels in Russia.
Users in Russia accounted for the highest share of Booking.com’s traffic in the world, according to the SimilarWeb ranking service.
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