MTS Completes Acquisition of Sistema Telecom

27 December 2010

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS” – NYSE: MBT), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, announces that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of Sistema Telecom LLC (“Sistema Telecom”), a subsidiary of JSFC Sistema (“Sistema” – LSE: SSA).

Under the terms of the agreement, wholly-owned subsidiaries of MTS purchased a 100% stake in Sistema Telecom for RUB 11.59 billion ($379.01 million1 ) from Sistema and its wholly-owned subsidiary. In addition, MTS assumed debt considerations totaling RUB 1.80 billion ($58.93 million), which include the settlement of RUB 1.35 billion ($44.04 million) in debts between MTS subsidiaries and Sistema Telecom.

The transaction was completed upon the recommendation of the Special Committee of Independent Directors of MTS’ Board of Directors, approval by the MTS Board of Directors and additional approvals from Sistema’s Extraordinary General Shareholder Meeting and the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS).

Sistema Telecom’s key assets consist of: property rights in respect of the group of trademarks, including the distinctive “egg” trademarks of MTS, Comstar-UTS and MGTS2; certain promissory notes previously issued by MTS in the amount of RUB 2.00 billion ($65.50 million); and a 45% stake in TS-Retail, where MTS already holds a controlling 55% interest.

ING Bank, an independent financial advisor to the MTS Special Committee, provided the fairness opinion in relation to the transaction. Latham & Watkins served as legal counsel to the Special Committee. Ernst & Young was charged by MTS to provide due diligence services.

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For further information, please contact in Moscow:

Joshua B. Tulgan
Director, Investor Relations
Acting Director, Corporate Finance

Department of Investor Relations
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC
Tel: +7 495 223 2025

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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC ("MTS") is the leading telecommunications group in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, offering mobile and fixed voice, broadband, pay TV as well as content and entertainment services in one of the world's fastest growing regions. Including its subsidiaries, the Group services over 105.0 million mobile subscribers in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Belarus, a region that boasts a total population of more than 230 million. Since June 2000, MTS' Level 3 ADRs have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol MBT). Additional information about the MTS Group can be found at

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1 According to the average exchange rate of 30.57 RUB/USD for the 60-day period from September 4, 2010 to November 4, 2010. All U.S. dollar amounts in the press release are provided for reference using the 30.57 RUB/USD exchange rate.
2 Public Joint Stock Company Moscow City Telephone Network (“MGTS”).
3 The promissory notes were issued by MTS and partly by its subsidiary Rosico CJSC to finance the development of the Company’s GSM network in Russia back in 2001. Rosico was merged into MTS in 2001.

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