The Supreme Court of Russia agreed with the conclusions of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of the Russian Federation that Booking.com. B.V. violated antitrust laws, and dismissed her cassation complaint, TASS writes with reference to court materials.
In December 2020, the FAS opened a case against Booking.com due to the imposition of the so-called price parity requirement on Russian hotels . The service forbade the hotels connected to it to reduce prices on other resources. The Antimonopoly Service issued a fine of 1.3 billion rubles for abuse of a dominant position in the Russian market. The Dutch company did not agree with the decision of the Federal Antimonopoly Service and filed a lawsuit with the Moscow Arbitration Court, but Booking.com's complaint was also rejected there.
In April, the company reported that it had paid a fine, although by that time it had already announced the suspension of activities in Russia.
Head of the PCT Committee for Domestic Tourism, General Director of the national tour operator “Alean” Ilya Umansky said that Russian business enthusiastically accepted the departure of major players in booking accommodation, such as Booking.
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