The head of the Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) Igor Artemyev
The head of the Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) Igor Artemyev said that the Internet company Google, which the Agency admitted violating the law on protection of competition, is aggressive, RIA Novosti reported.
According to Artemyev, Google “was in a combative form” in the Russian and foreign media. In particular, we are talking about the allegations that the FAS during the consideration of the case Google had violated any procedures, he explained, adding that it “is a complete nonsense.”
“So respectable Corporation would behave in the best traditions of the challenge and protect their rights and interests”, — emphasized the head of FAS.
Artemyev said that Google is not addressed in FAS with a proposal for the recognition of guilt. The Minister also noted that he did not believe in the possibility of compromise in this matter. “Google is very aggressive, Google does not complain. Protects their legitimate rights, which is a normal procedure. Well, we protect the interests of our companies, the interests of competition,” he said.
In mid-September 2015, FAS found Google and its subsidiary Google Ireland guilty of violating the law on protection of competition. The case against Google, the FAS started after her complaint was filed by Russian Internet company “Yandex”. The Antimonopoly office concluded that the company is abusing a dominant position by not allowing manufacturers of mobile devices running on its Android operating system and installs the Google Play app store, pre-installs on devices apps competitors.
The FAS has ordered Google to eliminate violations, in particular, to remove from the contracts with manufacturers of gadgets ban on the preset application competitors. In addition, the company faces an administrative fine for violation of the Russian legislation. Its size can reach 7% of revenue in Google Play in Russia in 2014, said the head of FAS in January. According to the calculations of RBC, the Google Play store in Russia in 2014 could earn about $40.5 million, a seven percent penalty would have amounted to approximately $2.8 million.
Google challenged the decision of FAS, but on 14 March, the Moscow arbitration court dismissed the claim of the Corporation, acknowledging the decision legitimate.