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Russian FAS fined Lenta $1.136 million for discriminating suppliers

Staff Writer |
The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS Russia) completed the administrative proceedings against Lenta in a case on creating discriminatory conditions for suppliers of wine products in 2013 – 2015.

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Overall the competition authority initiated 41 administrative cases, having investigating which FAS issued 37 determinations to hold Lenta administratively liable and penalize the company.

Four administrative cases were terminated due to expiry of the limitation period for administrative liability. The total sum of the fines upon Lenta reaches 74 million RUB ($1.136 million).

On June 22, 2016, FAS found that Lenta violated Clause 1 Part 1 Article 13 of the Law on Trade (creating discriminatory conditions).

In the opinion of the antimonopoly body, the retail chain charged different fees from suppliers of wine products for the same services for putting information about the goods in the Lenta tovarov catalogue and the services for placing goods on special equipment in a retail facility, where the goods were not sold previously.

It created discriminatory conditions for particular suppliers of alcohol products.

To support competition, the FAS Commission issued a determination to Lenta to eliminate the exposed violations.

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