OREANDA-NEWS. October 22, 2008. The 7th Arbitration Appeal Court sustained the ruling of the Kemerovo Regional Arbitration Court and confirmed validity and justness of the decision of the Kemerovo Office of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (OFAS Russia) that "Sibirtelecom" OJSC had violated the Federal Law "On Protection of Competition", reported the press-centre of FAS Russia.

"Sibirtelecom" OJSC violated the law by unilaterally stopping services for connecting and transmitting the traffic of the connected service providers, that operated on the basis of valid licenses. Part 1 Article 10 of the Federal Law "On Proptection of Competition" prohibits actions (lack of actions) of an economic entity that has dominant position, which result or can result in preventing, restricting or eliminating competition and (or) infringing the interests of other persons (entities). The Kemerovo OFAS Russia recognized that the company violated the antimonopoly legislation and issued a determination to eliminate the violations.

"Sibirtelecom" OJSC disagreed with the decision of the Kemerovo OFAS Russia and filed a claim to the Kemerovo Regional Arbitration Court and then to the Court of Appeal Instance. Both Courts, however, pronounced the rightness of the position of the Antimonopoly Office.