The FAS found indications of anti-competitive collusion in the construction of the cosmodrome “East”

MOSCOW, December 29. The Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS Russia) initiated a case against several companies involved in the construction of the cosmodrome “East”. About it reports a press-service of the Ministry.

The case was initiated in respect of the FSUE “Dalspetsstroy” (Spetsstroy Russia), FAU “Federal center of pricing in construction and industry of construction materials” (FAU “FCCS”) and LLC “Honorati”.

The FAS Russia suspects the organization in collusion with the definition of a contractor to perform work on the calculation of individual indices of change of estimated cost of construction of the cosmodrome “East”.

“Suppression of Antimonopoly law violations in the construction sector remains one of the priorities of the Antimonopoly authority. The cost of the contract amounted to 300 million rubles. Further developed by LLC “Honorati” individual indices was used to determine the cost of building the spaceport, which was carried out at the expense of budgetary funds”, – said the Deputy head of Department for combating cartels FAS of Russia Andrey Filimonov, whose words are reported.

According to the Deputy head of the FAS Russia Alexander Kinev, the restriction of competition in determining the contractor to calculate the indices of change of estimated cost of construction of the objects financed at the expense of the budget, is unacceptable. “Such agreements always lead to an increase in the cost of construction and, therefore, are contrary to the interests of the state,” said Kinev.

In August 2015, the FAS Russia acknowledged the FAA “FCCS”, LLC “Honorati” and a number of other organizations and state authorities violated article 16 of the Law on protection of competition. The parties entered into an anticompetitive agreement that led or could lead to restriction of competition on the markets of developing and implementing computer programs to create construction estimates, reminds a press-service FAS.

As previously reported, the police of the Amur region investigating seven cases of theft on the construction of the cosmodrome “East”. The total damage amounts to more than 1.5 billion rubles.