Russian antimonopoly service to examine Lenovo over alleged competition law violations
MOSCOW, March 10 (RAPSI) – The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has launched an examination of Lenovo Eastern Europe/Asia corporation over alleged violation of anti-monopoly legislation during electronic equipment maintenance services, FAS announced on Friday.
According to FAS, examination was initiated after reports of violations. Allegedly, authorized service centers of Lenovo are prioritizing large federal trade networks, which may suggest anti-competitive collusion by Lenovo Eastern Europe/Asia, service centers and the networks.
The Service notes that small and medium-sized companies may be put in unequal conditions compared to large networks.
On November 18, FAS announced that it had begun inspection of Lenovo in relation to anti-cartel probe on government procurements of computers.
“Inspections at Lenovo are conducted on suspicion of participation of the company in a large cartel at government procurement of tech equipment, which is active in Russia for several years. Lenovo is obstructing the inspection,” a FAS representative told journalists.
Lenovo Group Ltd. is a Chinese technology company operating internationally. It specializes in design, development, manufacture and sales of technical equipment and IT software.