The Moscow prosecutor’s office initiated an audit against the Wildberries marketplace in connection with the conflict between the retailer and the sellers. This was announced by the head of the Union of Chairmen of the Public Monitoring Commission (POC) of Moscow, Georgy Volkov.
“Today we had a meeting with the prosecutor of the Central Administrative District, who informed us that a prosecutor’s check was organized on our application,” said Mr. Volkov (quoted by RIA Novosti).
On May 11, the Wildberries marketplace announced the disclosure of “illegal methods of promotion” on the site using external services. The company claimed that the sellers of the marketplace used the Telegram bot to set up advertising campaigns on the site, but did not pay for them. The company estimated the damage from the described fraud at 650 million rubles. Accounts of 300 sellers who used such services were blocked.
On May 23, Wildberries reported that 60% of the suspects had decided to re-engage. About 70 Wildberries sellers came to the company’s headquarters demanding that their accounts be unblocked. On May 26, the Electronic Commerce Union asked the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Investigative Committee of Russia to check the actions of the Wildberries management for possible fraud.