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Monday 26 January, 2009

JSFC Sistema

Shyam Telelink Renamed Sistema Shyam Teleservices

Shyam Telelink Renamed Sistema Shyam Teleservices

JSFC Sistema

SHYAM TELELINK RENAMED SISTEMA SHYAM TELESERVICES

Moscow, Russia – January 26, 2009 – Sistema (LSE: SSA), the largest diversified public corporation in Russia and the CIS, which manages fast growing companies operating in the telecommunications, consumer services sectors and technology industries, today announced that Shyam Telelink Ltd., a subsidiary of Sistema, was renamed Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd. (“Sistema Shyam TeleServices” or “Shyam”), following the decision made at the EGM of Shareholders of Shyam.

Vsevolod Rozanov, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sistema Shyam TeleServices, commented: “Renaming of Shyam Telelink is a logical step in the development of our Indian operator. As previously announced, Shyam will be offering its services under the MTS brand from February 2009. Furthermore, Sitronics has supplied radio relay equipment to Shyam in the state of Rajasthan. These efforts clearly position Sistema Shyam TeleServices as an integral part of the Sistema Group, which is now reflected in its name.”

Vitaly Savelyev, First Vice President of Sistema, Head of “Telecommunications Assets” operating unit, Chairman of Sistema Shyam TeleServices, commented: “We intend to further develop Sistema Shyam TeleServices and to launch its mobile network in two additional Indian circles in the near future.”

Shyam opened its new head office with a staff of 120 in Gurgaon, a satellite city near Delhi. Sistema Shyam TeleServices now has spectrum in 22 Indian circles, covering 28 administrative states and 7 union territories with a population of approximately 1.1 billion people. Sistema Shyam TeleServices launched a CDMA 800 MHz mobile network in the state of Rajasthan at the end of September 2008. The Sistema Shyam TeleServices’ subscriber base has exceeded 500,000 users, including nearly 300,000 mobile subscribers, as at January 26, 2009.

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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 corporation in Russia and the CIS, which manages fast growing companies operating in the telecommunications, consumer services sectors and technology industries and has over 100 million customers. Sistema develops and manages market-leading businesses in selected industries, including telecommunications, technology, banking, real estate, retail, media, tourism and healthcare. Founded in 1993, the company reported revenues of US$ 12.6 billion for the first nine months of 2008 (unaudited), and total assets of US$ 32.0 billion as at September 30, 2008 (unaudited). 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).

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) was founded in 1998 and started its operations in the state of Rajasthan in 2000. Presently SSTL has more than 500,000 fixed-line and mobile subscribers in the state of Rajasthan and continues to further expand its network and develop its service offering. SSTL obtained a unified pan-Indian license to provide cellular services in March 2008 and now has spectrum in 22 Indian circles. SSTL is a joint venture between Sistema and the Shyam Group of India. Sistema Shyam TeleServices is majority-owned by Sistema (73.7%).

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.