The Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation for the City of Moscow has initiated proceedings against the furniture company Shatura for distributing advertisements via SMS without users’ consent (SMS spam).

During the check, the Antimonopoly Service established that Shatura had violated the article of the federal law “On Advertising” which forbids the distribution of advertisements via telecoms networks, including phone-based ones, without the prior consent of the users.

The case is scheduled for review on 11 May 2012.

[For more information on this case in Russian, please see the Federal Antimonopoly Service’s site here]