MTS Repurchases Series 03 Ruble Bond

18 December 2014

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS” or "the Company" – NYSE: MBT), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, announces the repurchase of the Series 03 ruble bond in the amount of RUB 3.71 billion.

The RUB 10 billion series 03 ruble-denominated bond with maturity on June 12, 2018 and a two-year put option was issued on June 24, 2008. The coupon was to be paid semi-annually at the rate of 8.70% for the 1st -4th coupons and at the rate of 8.00% for 5th-10th coupons. On June 05, 2013, the Company changed the coupon rate for the 11th coupon to 7.00% with a six-month put option. On December 09, 2013, the Company changed the coupon rate for the 12th and 13th coupons from 7.00% to 7.50% with a one- year put option. On December 05, 2014, MTS changed the coupon rate for the 14th and 15th coupons from 7.50% to 12.00% with a one-year put option.

The bond is part of the Level 1 quotation list on the Moscow Exchange.

Gazprombank, the Lead Arranger of the Bond, acted as the Repurchase Agent.

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For further information, please contact in Moscow:

Joshua B. Tulgan
Director, Department of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC
Tel: +7 495 223 2025
E-mail: ir@mts.ru

Learn more about MTS. Visit the official blog of the Investor Relations Department at www.mtsgsm.com/blog/

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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC ("MTS") is the leading telecommunications group in Russia, Сentral and Eastern Europe, offering mobile and fixed voice, broadband and pay TV in one of the world's fastest growing regions. Including its subsidiaries, the Group services over 100 million mobile subscribers. The Group has been awarded GSM licenses in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Turkmenistan 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 www.mtsgsm.com.

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Some of the information in this press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of MTS, as defined in the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward looking statements by terms such as “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “will,” “could,” “may” or “might,” and the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. We wish to caution you that these statements are only predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. We do not undertake or intend to update these statements to reflect events and circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. We refer you to the documents MTS files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the Company’s most recent Form 20-F. These documents contain and identify important factors, including those contained in the section captioned “Risk Factors” that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements, including, among others, the severity and duration of current economic and financial conditions, including volatility in interest and exchange rates, commodity and equity prices and the value of financial assets; the impact of Russian, U.S. and other foreign government programs to restore liquidity and stimulate national and global economies, our ability to maintain our current credit rating and the impact on our funding costs and competitive position if we do not do so, strategic actions, including acquisitions and dispositions and our success in integrating acquired businesses, potential fluctuations in quarterly results, our competitive environment, dependence on new service development and tariff structures, rapid technological and market change, acquisition strategy, risks associated with telecommunications infrastructure, governmental regulation of the telecommunications industries and other risks associated with operating in Russia and the CIS, volatility of stock price, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks.

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Contact investor relations:

+ 7 495 223 20 25 ir@mts.ru

MTS Investor Relations
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