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    CHIEF OF ANTI-MONOPOLY SERVICE ADVOCATES CITIZENS' RIGHT TO LEGAL PROTECTION AGAINST MONOPOLISTS' ARBITRARINESS

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    MOSCOW, March 12 (RIA Novosti) - Citizens must be given the right to protect their interests in court if monopolists encroach on them, Igor Artemyev, chief of Russia's Anti-Monopoly Service, told journalists.

    "The current legislation does not allow a citizen to go to court and dispute an ungrounded rise in tariffs or the conclusion of contracts under pressure," Mr. Artemyev said.

    He explained that consumers, who want to dispute the monopolists' actions, have to turn first to an anti-monopoly agency. In Artemyev's opinion, this is not right. "We must give all citizens the right to go to court with such claims," he said.

    Mr. Artemyev also believes that the Anti-Monopoly Service must play a special role in reforming the power industry sector, the housing and utilities sphere, railroad transport and other natural monopolies. "The Anti-Monopoly Service will exercise constant control over all organizational changes in these structures," he said in conclusion.

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