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Russian competition watchdog opens investigation into Booking.com

FILE PHOTO: a pair of Sunglasses with a logo on it Booking.com the new Booking.com customer’s site in Tourcoing, France, on October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) – the Russian Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS), which is an investigation into the hotel’s booking web site Booking.com the regulator said on Monday.

The FAS said that the company had asked it to do, hotels, and hostels for the same price at the rival’s reservation web sites Booking.com.

Booking.com do not immediately respond to a request for comment.

If it is found to be in violation of the Russian anti-monopoly legislation in which the company may be faced with a fine of between 1% and 15% of the turnover is generated in Finland.

Russia’s investigation follows a lawsuit against the company in the European Union, for instance, in the last week is dedicated to bringing the practice in line with the eu consumer protection law.

Reporting Nadezhda Tsydenova; Writing by Anastasia Teterevleva; Editing by Maria Kiselyova and David Goodman

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