MUKHAMED KHAMUKOV ABOUT BID-RIGGING CARTELS AND MODERN METHODS OF EXPOSING THEM
FAS exposes about 600 cartels per year, a third of which is related to public procurement
Deputy Head of FAS Anti-Cartel Department, Mukhamed Khamukov was a speaker at the plenary session of the XIII All-Russian Research-to-Practice Conference and Workshop - “Public and Municipal Procurement – 2018”.
Mukhamed Khamukov said that the main hot spots with the largest exposed collusion in procurement are supplies of medicines and medical products, foods products and road construction.
He reminded that decartelization of road construction is a separate it, in the National Plan for Developing Competition in the Russian Federation.
According to the statistics and the Anti-Cartel Department, cartels associated with supplies of medicines and medical products are exposed at more than 9500 auctions in 72 regions; in construction – more than 600 auctions in 64 regions, food products - over 800 auctions in 28 regions.
According to Mukhamed Khamukov, “classic” methods are used to prove hardcore, “classic” cartels, for example, written evidence obtained in the course of inspections. There are, however, “state-of-the-art cartels” when cartel members communicate via messengers, use specialized slang and encode their texts.
“Cartel members use auction robots and program them to maintain auction prices”, explained Deputy Head of FAS Anti-Cartel Department describing another “digital” method of breaching the antimonopoly law.
He stressed that digitalization is also used to control illegal practices. For example, Mukhamed Khamukov reminded that FAS is devising a program for electronic bid-rigging control – the so-called “big digital cat”.