Analysis of innovative activity of businesses, particularly those in the transport sphere, in the Russian Federation is provided, based on the OECD data. Company size, level of monopoly power and industryspecific characteristics were used as factors to determine innovative activity. All factors point at low level of R&D spending by Russian businesses, including those in the transport industry. Natural transport monopolies are significantly behind the world's largest companies in R&D. Lack of innovative management system in businesses is the chief barrier to innovative activity.
At the moment in Russia a policy of privatization of companies with the state participation in the share capital is being conducted; the results of this study will help to make predictions about the dynamics of performance of privatized companies
The main goal of the research is to study the impact of state participation in the share capital on performance of the company. The study showed that state participation in the capital negatively affects to the companies' performance. However, in this work an interesting result that enterprises of a natural monopoly receive the net profit more than other companies was obtained.
The research is devoted to the analysis of reasons and risks of use of the essential facilities doctrine in Russian antitrust policy. Basing on the comparative analysis of the US and European experience it is shown that the results of the doctrine application depend very much on the legal system. According to the considered cases Russian experience of following the principles of the Doctrine in antitrust cases against natural monopolies is quite successful. However, the efficiency of the instrument becomes questionable when it is used outside of the infrastructure sectors due to the high probability of errors of law enforcement.