MOSCOW, December 12 - RAPSI, Dmitry Shchitov. A court has held for a $3.3 million lawsuit filed against the Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES) to recover membership fees and interest, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/

The lawsuit was filed by the Innovations in Electric Power Industry (INVEL) non-profit partnership.

The claimant seeks to recover 7 million rubles ($2.2 million) in debt for minimum membership fees that UES failed to pay in 2008 -2011, 99 million rubles ($3.1 million) in debt for membership fees that new member-companies failed to pay, and 29.2 million rubles ($925,000) in interest for borrowed funds.

FGC UES was established in 2002 as part of Russia's power engineering reforms. The company controls the country's major transmission lines. The government holds a major stake in FGC UES. FGC UES' share capital is split into 1.153 trillion ordinary shares.

INVEL was founded September 23, 2003 and unites 30 major energy companies in Russia. The partnership aims to assist the introduction of advanced technologies and engineering solutions in the power sector to benefit the state and partnership members.