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The calling card of Russian digital antitrust


  • Natalia S. Pavlova

    (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia)

  • Andrey E. Shastitko

    (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
    Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia)

  • Alexander A. Kurdin

    (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia)


Digital antitrust is at the forefront of all expert discussions and is far from becoming an area of consensus among researchers. Moreover, the prescriptions for developed countries do not fit well the situation in developing countries, and namely in BRICS: where the violator of antitrust laws is based compared to national firms becomes an important factor that links competition and industrial policy. The article uses three recent cases from Russian antitrust policy in the digital sphere to illustrate typical patterns of platform conduct that lead not just to a restriction of competition that needs to be remedied by antitrust measures, but also to noteworthy distribution effects. The cases also illustrate the approach taken by the Russian competition authority to some typical problems that arise in digital markets, e.g. market definition, conduct interpretation, behavioral effects, and remedies. The analysis sheds light on the specifics of Russian antitrust policy in digital markets, as well as their interpretation in the context of competition policy in developing countries and the link between competition and industrial policies.

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  • Natalia S. Pavlova & Andrey E. Shastitko & Alexander A. Kurdin, 2020. "The calling card of Russian digital antitrust," Russian Journal of Economics, ARPHA Platform, vol. 6(3), pages 258-276, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:arh:jrujec:v:6:y:2020:i:3:p:258-276
    DOI: 10.32609/j.ruje.6.53904

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    digital antitrust competition policy industrial policy platforms multi-sided markets essential facilities consumer bias.;

    JEL classification:

    • K21 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Antitrust Law
    • L41 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Monopolization; Horizontal Anticompetitive Practices


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