The Federal Antimonopoly service fined again Corporation. At this time, the supervisors were accused of participating in cartel agreements”, ZAO Hewlett-Packard A. O.” – Russian “a daughter” the American company HP.
As reports a press-service FAS, the Agency saw signs of anticompetitive agreements in the actions of a number of companies supplying system units for gas “Vybory”. In their opinion, coordinated actions of the cartel of suppliers of the Russian representative office of a foreign company “Hewlett Packard”. Now the coordinator faces a fine from 1 million to 5 million rubles, the remaining members of the collusion will have to pay up to 50% of the amount of the contracts.
Antimonopolschiki also convinced of the involvement in the collusion of the local representative of the Chinese firm Lenovo. Revision of public procurement for the supply of computers to the Central election Commission of the FAS of the beginning in November 2016. The experts have checked more than a dozen auctions of the Federal and regional levels and came to the conclusion that six Russian companies-suppliers, coordinated by HP and Lenovo, have violated antitrust laws, colluding.
In recent years, the FAS began to appear “big fish” – the big international corporations. Change and claims, an increasing number of cases instituted on charges of cartel collusion. So, last year, the service filed a case of price fixing against 16 companies that sell Apple products, and in the spring of this year, the FAS Commission recognized that coordination of prices on the iPhone 5 and 6 in Russia responsible for the Russian “daughter” Apple, “Apple Rus”. Charged with the coordination of prices on smartphones, the Agency has charged companies Samsung, Philips and LG.
No-nonsense is complete and now the head of FAS Igor Artemyev declared intention of the service to check the legality of the conditions of the auction to develop three gas fields in Yamalo-Nenets. The main conditions of the auction was the presence of the license for production of gas on Yamal and Gydan Peninsula as well as the appropriate processing facilities. In the region, such requirements able to perform only one company – “NOVATEK”, and, according to independent expert Dmitry Lyutyagin, the head of Department had to know about it.
In April the signing of a settlement agreement concluded the case on abuse of Google’s dominant position, which was initiated by the Antimonopoly service in 2015. The Corporation has agreed to pay the designated authority the penalty, however, the adviser of the President of the Russian Federation Herman Klimenko considers the outcome a victory for Google. “They increased their share of search on mobile devices in Russia, nothing special on the court decision making. A small concession has removed the problem – it is a normal marketing course”, – concluded the expert. A good advertising course of this proceeding was for service: the case of the FAS against Google came to Wikipedia.
High-profile cases involving corporations create the impression that the PR the main objective of the FAS, because according to analysts, actions of the service consumers do not only a loser. The lack of specific regulation of prices, which the FAS and sees as collusion, could lead to uncontrollable increase in the cost of goods or services, as in the situation of roaming.
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