The case of the tobacco monopoly: “Tedis” has won court against AMCU

Дело о табачной монополии: "Тедис" выиграл суд у АМКУ

The largest distributor of tobacco products “Tedis Ukraine” Boris Kaufman sued the right concentration, which wanted to cancel the Antimonopoly Committee.

This is stated in the Supreme court decision of December 12.

As reported the press service of the “Tedis”, the company challenged the decision of the AMC from 20.11.2018, No. 641-R “On the revision of judgements No. 701-p 702-p, 703-p 704-p”.

This decision, the regulator overturned its own resolution of the “Tedis” concentration, issued in 2011.

The Supreme court agreed with the arguments of the “Tedis” that the contested decision of the Antimonopoly Committee is illegal, accepted with wrong application of norms of the law on protection of economic competition and no evidence of the grounds for cancellation of their own decisions from 2011.


The Antimonopoly Committee has fined the companies-manufacturers of tobacco products “Philip Morris”, “JT”, “Imperial tobacco and British American tobacco”, “Pryluky” and implementer of the “Tedis” for a total amount of 6.5 billion hryvnias for anti-competitive concerted actions.

The scandal of “Tedis Ukraine” broke out at the end of March 2017.

On March 1 the Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko told about the RAID from a distributor tobacco products “Tedis Ukraine”. Avakov accused the company of financing of terrorism.

“In the case of the company “Tedis Ukraine”, associated with Russian oligarch Igor Kesaeva, conducted more than 100 raids in several cities of Ukraine”, – said the Minister.

Avakov also accused the tobacco monopoly in “aid to terrorist organizations pseudo republics and tax evasion”.

On 3 April, the court arrested the corporate rights of the company and banned the founders and workers of the “Tedis Ukraine” to dispose of them in any way.

On April 5 the court has arrested funds on the account in the Metropolitan branch of PrivatBank.

On 12 April the Pechersky court ordered to return the confiscated tobacco products.

Tedis Ukraine, established in 2011, OOO “Trading company “Megapolis-Ukraine”, in may 2016 was renamed to LLC “Tedis Ukraine”.

Read more about the situation around the “Tedis Ukraine”, read the article on EP: got smoked. Avakov and Lutsenko was looking at tobacco monopoly

Дело о табачной монополии: "Тедис" выиграл суд у АМКУ