Russia Launches Antitrust Probe Into Gazprom

Law360, New York (October 28, 2009, 12:54 PM EDT) -- On the heels of a $181 million fine against oil producer Rosneft for allegedly monopolizing Russia's wholesale oil products industry, the country's antitrust regulator announced Wednesday an investigation into state-controlled natural gas behemoth OAO Gazprom, based on a complaint by Rosneft.

The Federal Antimonopoly Service said in a statement Wednesday that the investigation will focus on Rosneft's claim that Gazprom, Russia's largest company, did not allow access to its gas pipeline system.

According to Rosneft, Gazprom denied full access to its pipeline between April and August,...
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