Antimonopoly Service revealed roads construction auction's cartel for $206.9m

Antimonopoly Service revealed roads construction auction's cartel for $206.9m

Three contractors from St. Petersburg participated in a swindle.

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia initiated a case over cartel at an auction for construction and repair of federal highways for the sum of 12 billion rubles ($206.9 million). The press service of the department reports about it on Wednesday, October 4.

Three St. Petersburg companies - Tekhnostroy, SU No. 908 and Avtodor Recreation Center fell under suspicion. As for objects, this concerns construction and repair of seven roads among which there are route M-6 Kaspiy, (Moscow — Astrakhan), M-18 Kola (St. Petersburg — border of Norway), M-10 Rossiya (Moscow — St. Petersburg).

As anti-monopolists found out, the companies created visibility of a competition at auctions, as a result of what the price of contracts fell maximum by 1%. Representatives of the enterprises have not commented on the situation so far. The department had certain questions to the customer of the auction Rossiya. 

It should be added that statistically for 2016 and the first half of 2017 anti-competitive agreements in the sphere of construction were revealed in 64 regions for the total amount of over 38 billion rubles ($655 million).

According to SPARK-Interfax, SU No. 908 and Avtodor Recreation Center have one owner - 100% of the companies belong to Vladimir Nazheev. A co-owner of Tekhnostroy is Yury Ignatyev (67%) who earlier owned SU No. 908.

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