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FAS stated change of structure and scale of cartels in Russia — Rambler News Service


Photo: Pixabay Structure and scale of cartels in Russia change: the number of participants of one cartel can reach several tens, and cartels can cover the territory of the whole country and the whole branches of economy. The Head of the Anti-Cartel Department of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia Andrey Tenishev has reported about it. "Our law-enforcement practice shows that the structure and scale of cartels has changed: if earlier 2-3 companies participated in anti-competitive agreements usually, then now the number of participants of one cartel can reach several tens. Cartels often cover the territory of the whole country and strike the whole branches of economy" — Tenishev has told. He has added that if to tell about conspiracies at the auction, then in one business, as a rule, hundreds and even thousands of auctions. Revenues of one cartel reach usually hundreds of millions, and sometimes and tens, and even hundreds of billions of rubles. According to him, in the first half of the year 2018 of FAS I have revealed 25% less cartels, than for the same period of last year: 153 cartels against 205. In six months 2018 136 conspiracies at the auction against 161 conspiracies for the first half of the year 2017 are revealed. "It speaks about certain results of that scheduled maintenance which is carried out by FAS Russia. But It should be noted that it doesn't say that we have reduced control" — Tenishev has explained. He has noted that Russia is on the first place in the world by the number of the considered cases of cartels and anti-competitive agreements. Considering this situation, the President of Russia has charged to FAS and law enforcement agencies to intensify fight against cartels and to apply to their participants not only administrative, but also criminal penalty. In 2018 law enforcement agencies have brought 15 criminal cases about cartels and different conspiracies at the auction. These are large cartels of suppliers of regimentals for needs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and FSB of Russia, suppliers of a petrosubmersible cable for the oil-extracting companies, suppliers of thermostabilizers of soil for Transneft". "First of all, large cartels to which officials patronize fall under criminal prosecution. In our opinion, it is the most public and dangerous infringement of the competition" — the head of department of FAS has noted. Now officials in Khakassia and Dagestan, the Astrakhan, Novosibirsk and Samara regions, in Kamchatka, by Krasnoyarsk and Primorsk edges are brought to trial for different abuses at government procurement. Many of them — under guards. "Time of admonitions and warnings to kartelist has ended. I would like to repeat a thesis of the head of the FAS of Russia Igor Artemyev about which he has told in one of an interview: "if someone wants to go to prison — let creates cartels". Jokes are finished" — Tenishev has concluded.

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