Representing the interests of a European retail chain during proceedings before the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Republic of Tatarstan (price collusion)

At the request of the regional government, the Federal Antimonopoly Service for the Republic of Tatarstan began an unscheduled inspection of buckwheat manufacturers, suppliers and sellers due to a synchronous increase in prices for it suspecting the six largest retailers, including our client, of price collusion, which led to an increase in the price of a socially important product.

The Client invited KIAP to act as their representative during the inspection. KIAP’s employees developed a procedural strategy and communicated with the regulatory authority on behalf of the Client.

Due to the explanations received and the evidence presented, the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Republic of Tatarstan came to the conclusion that the Company is the only retailer that is not a member of the cartel, and excluded it from the case 7 months after the start of the inspection. The remaining 5 retailers were found guilty of concluding an anti-competitive agreement and were subject to liability in the form of a turnover fine.


Ilya Ischuk, Julia Paushkina