Oil companies complain to Security Council about Rosgvardia attempts to monopolize security services

Oil companies complain to Security Council about Rosgvardia attempts to monopolize security services
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Heads of oil companies state security chiefs are depriving them of their right to choose a security company. Since June, 2018, national troops gained the right to withdraw a licence from security companies that serve the facilities of fuel and energy complex (FEC).

In December, 2018, Lukoil, Gazprom neft, Sibur, and Tatneft wrote a letter of complaint to the Secretary of the Russian Federation Security Council Nikolay Patrushev. They complained about the increase in the number of orders from Rosgvardia (The National Guard of the Russian Federation) towards private security firms of its enterprises, reports Kommersant with reference to the document.

Heads of oil companies state security chiefs are depriving them of their right to choose a security company. Since June, 2018, national troops gained the right to withdraw a licence from security companies that serve the facilities of fuel and energy complex.

Oil companies denied to comment upon the matter. Kommersant sources within the oil industry and security agencies believe Rosgvardia is intent on monopolizing security services and increasing prices this way. Kommersant source representing an oil company noted the possibilities of the fuel and energy complex to control the quality of security services could be reduced.

The national troops believe the issue does not exist and deny the fact that the number of orders is increasing. Rosgvardia representative Valery Gribakin stated the agency “is carrying on a productive dialogue” with all participants of the market. “If the issue existed, it could be raised during the expert board meeting by private security firms’ representatives,” Gribakin emphasized. He says the list of the checks is public, and is agreed with other controlling agencies. “Owner of a facility and security provider are warned in advance in accordance with the established procedure. There are no raids and checks, as it was in 1990s,” the Rosgvardia representative noted.

Gribakin confirmed the security services of the national troops are more expensive than those of private security firms, however linked it with “the better education, fitting out, and high professionalism.”

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