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Russia starts investigations in iPhones price fixing

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Staff Writer | August 10, 2016
The Russian antimonopoly authority FAS said it noticed signs of price-setting coordination in the Russian Federation among the resellers of iPhone, which became a reason for fixing of the same retail prices for the smartphones.
Apple in Russia   The majority of resellers have fixed the same prices
The case on hand has been brought in relation to the group including Apple Rus, Apple Holding B.V., Apple Sales Ireland, Apple Operations International, Apple Inc.

As the ground for conducting an antimonopoly investigation served a citizen’s application containing the information on setting of the same prices for the Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which appeared on the Russian market in October 2015, by the 16 main retailers: MTS, M.Video, Beeline, Eldorado, Evroset’, OZON, Re:Store, Svyaznoy, Megafon, Yulmart, Media Markt, Citylink,, DNS, ION (Know-How), Tekhnosila.

As the preliminary investigations showed, since the start of the sales of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus the majority of resellers have fixed and maintained for a certain period of time the same prices for them. Besides, the antimonopoly authority has identified similarities in the resellers’ prices for other Apple’s smartphones.

The FAS Russia suggests that such a coincidence might be a result of the Russian resellers’ price-setting coordination by the group Apple, which has led to fixing prices in the Russian market and setting the so-called “recommended” prices as obligatory.