FAS: sale of “Locomotive” and some assets of Railways not on the agenda

FAS: sale of “Locomotive” and some assets of Railways not on the agenda


The head of the Federal Antimonopoly service of Russia Igor Artemyev said that the Agency intends for each of the monopolies to examine the totality of non-core assets and give them recommendations.

NOVO-Ogaryovo, 19 Oct. The question of the sale by the company RZHD of non-core assets, including the football club “Lokomotiv”, not on today’s agenda, but think in perspective about how to shoot sports clubs with Finance natural monopolies, need, told reporters the head of the Federal Antimonopoly service of Russia Igor Artemyev.

“I want to say that this is not the issue today, so now nobody raises the question of to take and to end it, now there is no any bases. But to think about how to relieve stress in General sports teams with the infrastructure and tariff borne on the shoulders of businesses,” — said Artemyev to journalists.

He noted that the brand “the Locomotive” it is impossible to take from the railway industry.

“There are, say, private railway companies already…. So, maybe private companies could play a role in to preserve and support “the locomotive”…. If you really like the “Zenith” gas sponsor, generally speaking, we have private gas companies. Question what — like any other company, except for natural monopolies, it will not cause any damage to the whole business. Because here in tariffs is broadcast throughout the business brand, for every person living in our country. And just think, this little money,” said Artemyev.

He stressed the need to resolve this issue without prejudice to “Locomotive”, gradually replacing the sources of financing.

“We will be on each of the monopolies to examine the totality of non-core assets and give them our recommendations, to apply to the government of the Russian Federation, and the Russian government will take appropriate decision…. Non-core assets of the companies, generally speaking, should not be. But there is, for example, complex issues, the same railroad hospital in a small Russian cities…. What is the meaning of to destroy, it’s only people worse to do? But there are some assets that are totally irrelevant (to the activities of monopolies — ed.) — restaurants, palaces, country villas. It’s all in the rate”, — said the head of FAS.