Russian regulator suspects Apple of role in fixing iPhone prices in Russia





Das Mobiltelefon von Apple hat seine Dünnheit und Kompaktheit auch den chemischen und metallverarbeitenden Industrien in Russland zu verdanken. Foto: Source: Getty Images/Fotobank

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) suspects Apple of involvement in price-fixing in Russia for its products, Deputy Head of FAS Russia Andrei Tsarikovsky told journalists on July 29.

"A lawsuit is in progress. We are not pleased with the situation; several years ago we had a similar case. However, this time we unfortunately see Apple's coordinating role. Wherever you go if you want to buy an iPhone, prices are the same everywhere. We consider this wrong," said Tsarikovsky.

Tsarikovsky said earlier that FAS might open a case against Apple if proceedings are initiated on price-fixing arrangements for the iPhone in Russia.

It was reported earlier that FAS began inspections of several Russian electronics retailers due to suspicions of price-fixing agreements for the latest iPhone models. According to FAS, there were reasons to believe that retailers did not determine their iPhone prices independently.

Requests in regard to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus pricing policy were sent to the retailers Evroset, Eldorado, Svyaznoy, re:Store, Technosila,, Citilink, Mobiland, Megafon and Vimpelcom, as well as to the official internet Apple store. The investigation was initiated following a complaint by an individual.


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