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Andrei Shelepov1, Olga Kolmar
  • 1 RANEPA, 11 Prechistenskaya naberezhnaya, 119034, Moscow, Russian Federation

Regulation of Digital Platforms in Russia

2024. Vol. 19. No. 2. P. [issue contents]

Given the active formation and development of digital platforms in Russia, the discussion of possible approaches has intensified and legislative changes have been initiated aimed at improving regulation in platform markets. The Ministry of Economic Development and Bank of Russia have published the Concept of Regulating Digital Platforms and Ecosystems and the Report “Ecosystems: Approaches to Regulation”, respectively. The competition legislation has been supplemented, primarily within the framework of the Fifth Antimonopoly Package, along with regulations aimed at protecting consumer rights on digital platforms. FAS Russia and representatives of business participated in developing tools for digital platforms’ self-regulation.

The purpose of this article is to analyze approaches to regulation of digital platforms in Russia, identify difficulties in its development and opportunities for improvement. The study is based on the analysis of legislation and law enforcement practice, scientific articles and analytical reports. Based on the results of the analysis, the author makes conclusions regarding possible future directions for regulatory developments and proposals for deepening international cooperation.

The approach to protecting consumer rights on digital platforms in Russia combines the extension of previously existing norms to the platform economy with the addition of some new norms relating to aggregators of information about goods and services. Antimonopoly regulation follows the same approach, while as part of the Fifth Antimonopoly Package rules have been introduced aimed at eliminating illegal practices of dominant platforms and ecosystems.
Based on the results of the analysis, the author has forecasted further regulatory developments, which may relate to a wide range of aspects, from the unification of terminology and the introduction of new criteria for classifying platforms as dominant to the appointment of platforms’ contact points for communication with authorities and consumers, and interdepartmental coordination. The author recommends to use regulatory experience accumulated by both Western jurisdictions and partner countries, take measures to promote Russian approaches at the international level and intensify cooperation on the regulation of digital platforms in multilateral formats, primarily in the BRICS.

the article was written on the basis of the RANEPA state assignment research programme.

This article was submitted on 12.04.2024

Citation: Shelepov A., Kolmar O. (2024). Regulation of Digital Platforms in Russia. International Organisations Research Journal, vol. 19, no 2, pp. (in English).
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