HP can be fined up to 5 million rubles for the coordination of the suppliers of the computers on the gostorg

MOSCOW, August 24. /TASS/. The Russian office of Hewlett-Packard (HP) is liable to a fine from 1 to 5 million rubles for coordinating the activities of suppliers of computers to the procurement of equipment for State automated system (GUS) “Election”. Part of the second suspect in the coordination of Lenovo service couldn’t prove, said TASS in the press-service of Antimonopoly Department.

“The sanction for the coordination ranges from 1 to 5 million rubles. Along with this, we would like to note that the FAS Russia welcomes the constructive position HP in the course of the proceedings, and the company’s decision to further improve compliance. When considering administrative punishment, these circumstances will be taken into account”, – have informed in a press-service FAS.

On 24 August, the FAS found that “Production company Aquarius”, national computer Corporation, “Business computers group” and “AMI-netvork” concluded an anticompetitive agreement that resulted in maintaining prices at an open auction in electronic form for supply system units for complexes of means of automation of regional fragments of the “Vybory”. The economic activity of these companies was coordinated by the Russian office of Hewlett-Packard. For the four companies participating in the collusion of the penalty from 10% to 50% of the initial maximum contract price. All fines will be scheduled throughout the year from the date of the judgment, explained in a press-service FAS.

The first case against the suppliers system units for gas “Vybory” FAS opened at the end of November 2016. FAS has suspected “Business computers group”, “AMI-netvork”, “CROC incorporated”, “Superveyv group”, “kraftvey Corporation PLC” and “Production company Aquarius” in the conclusion of anticompetitive agreements when participating in e-auction. The FAS believed that the cartel’s operation are coordinated by the Russian representative office of Lenovo the Chinese and American HP that the service has attracted as defendants in the case.

Later, the FAS found that and other trades for the supply of computers was covered by the cartel. In particular, in the cartel suspected of the bidders for the Pension Fund, Federal tax service and Federal customs service.