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Thursday 01 October, 2009

JSFC Sistema

Sistema Reduces Its Stake in Bashneft and in Si...

Sistema Reduces Its Stake in Bashneft and in Sistema-Invest

JSFC Sistema

Moscow, Russia – Sistema (the “Group”) (LSE:SSA), the largest diversified public financial corporation in Russia and the CIS, which invests in and is a major shareholder in companies operating in different industries, today announced that it has reduced its equity stake in ANK Bashneft JSC (“Bashneft”) from 55.67% to 50.90%. In addition, Sistema has reduced its stake in Sistema-Invest JSC from 65.00% to 19.99%, with a buy-back option, as part of an internal restructuring process.

The reduction in the level of ownership in both companies is due to the terms and conditions for the financing of the acquisition of controlling stakes in Bashkir Oil and Energy Group agreed in April 2009.

For further information, please visit www.sistema.com or contact:

Sistema Investor Relations                 Shared Value Limited
Pavel Kim Larisa Kogut-Millings
Tel: +7 495 692 22 88 Tel: +44 (0) 20 7321 5010

ir@sistema.ru

sistema@sharedvalue.net

Sistema is the largest public diversified financial corporation in Russia and the CIS, which manages companies serving over 100 million customers in the sectors of telecommunications, high technology, oil and energy, radars and aerospace, banking, retail, mass-media, tourism and healthcare services. Founded in 1993, the company reported revenues of US$ 4.2 billion for the second quarter of 2009, and total assets of US$ 33.8 billion as at June 30, 2009. Sistema’s shares are listed under the symbol “SSA” on the London Stock Exchange, under the symbol “AFKS” on the Russian Trading System (RTS), under the symbol “AFKC” on the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange (MICEX), and under the symbol “SIST” on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MSE).

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 Sistema. You can identify forward looking statements by terms such as “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “will,” “could,” “may” or “might” 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. In addition, there is no assurance that the new contracts entered into by our subsidiaries referenced above will be completed on the terms contained therein or at all. We do not intend to update these statements to reflect events and circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Many factors could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements, including, among others, general economic conditions, our competitive environment, risks associated with operating in Russia, rapid technological and market change in our industries, as well as many other risks specifically related to Sistema and its operations.