Abuse of Collective Dominance Under the Competition Law of the Russian Federation

33 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2011 Last revised: 23 Dec 2011

Svetlana Avdasheva

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Nadezhda Goreyko

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Russell W. Pittman

U.S. Department of Justice - Economic Analysis Group; Kyiv School of Economics; New Economic School (NES)

Date Written: September 22, 2011

Abstract

In 2006, Russia amended its competition law and added the concepts of “collective dominance” and its abuse. This was seen as an attempt to address the common problem of “conscious parallelism” among firms in concentrated industries. Critics feared that the enforcement of this provision would become tantamount to government regulation of prices. In this paper we examine the enforcement experience to date, looking especially closely at sanctions imposed on firms in the oil industry. Some difficulties and complications experienced in enforcement are analyzed, and some alternative strategies for addressing anticompetitive behavior in concentrated industries discussed.

Keywords: competition law, collective dominance, abuse of dominance, conscious parallelism, tacit collusion, Russian Federation

JEL Classification: D43, K21, L41

Suggested Citation

Avdasheva, Svetlana and Goreyko, Nadezhda and Pittman, Russell W., Abuse of Collective Dominance Under the Competition Law of the Russian Federation (September 22, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1933942 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1933942

Svetlana Avdasheva

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Russia

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Nadezhda Goreyko

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Russell Pittman (Contact Author)

U.S. Department of Justice - Economic Analysis Group ( email )

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Antitrust Division
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United States
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Kyiv School of Economics ( email )

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Kyiv, 04119
Ukraine

New Economic School (NES) ( email )

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Moscow, 117418
Russia

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