Court rejects Telenor's effort to invalidate URS acquisition
Moscow and New York (June 26, 2006) — Open Joint Stock Company "Vimpel-Communications" ("VimpelCom" or the "Company") (NYSE: VIP), today announced that the Moscow Arbitration Court has ruled in favor of VimpelCom in the second of the three lawsuits filed by Telenor East Invest AS. The Company is pleased with the court’s decision dismissing Telenor’s claim to invalidate the decision of VimpelCom’s CEO to complete the acquisition of CJSC “Ukrainian Radio Systems” ("URS"). Today’s ruling marks the second instance where a Russian court has rejected Telenor’s efforts to invalidate VimpelCom’s acquisition of URS. On May 15, 2006 the Moscow Arbitration Court ruled against Telenor and upheld the validity of the September 2005 VimpelCom shareholder vote, which approved the acquisition of URS. Both court rulings are subject to appeal and Telenor has already submitted an appeal of the May 15, 2006 ruling.
Commenting on the decision of the court, VimpelCom’s CEO, Alexander Izosimov, said, “We are very pleased that the Moscow Arbitration Court has once again ruled in VimpelCom’s favor. An overwhelming 89% of our public shareholders who voted at the September 2005 shareholder meeting voted in favor of the URS acquisition after an open and thorough public debate. It is my hope that this second court decision in favor of VimpelCom sends an even clearer message to Telenor that it is time to act in the best interests of all VimpelCom shareholders and withdraw its remaining lawsuit against the Company.”
This press release contains "forward-looking statements”, as the phrase is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. These statements relate to the possible appeal of the court decision described above. There can be no assurance that Telenor will not appeal this decision and, if they do, that the decision will not be overturned on appeal. There can be no assurance that an adverse decision of the appeal court will not adversely impact the outcome to VimpelCom in any of the other lawsuits brought by Telenor against the Company challenging the URS acquisition. In addition, there can be no assurances that additional claims will not be made by Telenor or other third parties regarding the Company’s acquisition of URS or other matters. In the event a decision unfavorable to the Company becomes binding in any pending or future court cases, including a decision for monetary damages and/or to unwind the URS acquisition, it could have an adverse effect on the Company, its business, its expansion strategy and its financial results. Certain additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in any forward-looking statements include the risks described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2005 and other public filings made by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, which risk factors are incorporated herein by reference. The Company disclaims any obligation to update developments of these risk factors or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments.
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