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These sorts of fines, like the one in Russia, are almost inconsequential to a company the size of Still, the company wants to be in good standing in a country as large as Russia.

Russia’s federal anti-monopoly service (FAS) has slapped a 1.3 billion rouble ($17.52 million) fine on hotel reservation website for violating anti-monopoly law, the regulator said on Thursday.

The fine from the FAS comes nine months after it accused the company of violating Russia’s competition law, saying that “abused its dominant position on the market.”

According to Russian anti-monopoly law, a company could face a fine of between 1% and 15% of its annual revenue generated in Russia. said on Thursday it planned to appeal the FAS decision, TASS news agency reported. ($1 = 74.1934 roubles) (Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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Tags: booking holdings,, competition, regulation, russia

Photo credit: A photo of the Kremlin. Russian regulators are fining $17.5 million for allegedly violating competition laws. Jorge Láscar /

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