FAS terminated the proceedings against the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation
On 30 December 2016, the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS Russia) closed a case against the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, “Translink” Agency” Ltd., “Translink-24” Ltd. and “Bazis” Ltd. due to absence of violations of Clauses 1 and 4 Article 16 of the Federal Law “On Protection of Competition”.
The case was opened on 5 April 2016 upon signs of an agreement between the federal executive body and the economic entities that leads (has led) to restricting competition at tenders for the right to conclude government contracts for translation services of the needs of the Office of the Representative of the Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights – Deputy Head of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation (translating documentation that outline the legal position of the authorities of the Russian Federation to be forwarded to the European Court of Human Rights, acts of the European Court of Human Rights, etc.)
FAS concluded that there had been no violations of the antimonopoly law. Based on the materials obtained in the course of the investigation, the FAS Commission, however, arrived to a conclusion that actions of the staff of “Translink-24” Ltd. and “Translink” Agency” Ltd. has elements of fraud (Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
Head of FAS Anti-Cartel Department, Andrey Tenishev, commented: “We do not have any problems with the Ministry of Justice as an authority. Nevertheless, FAS shall forward the decision and the case materials to the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation The purpose is to evaluate activities of some individuals staff members of “Translink-24” Ltd. and “Translink” Agency” Ltd. as well as some officials of the Ministry of Justice under criminal procedures”.