Moscow and New York (July 11, 2006) — Open Joint Stock Company "Vimpel-Communications" ("VimpelCom" or the "Company") (NYSE: VIP), today announced that David Haines was re-elected Chairman of the Board of Directors at a meeting of VimpelCom's Board of Directors held today. It was the first meeting of the new Board of Directors elected at the general meeting of VimpelCom’s shareholders held in Moscow on June 23, 2006.


VimpelCom Group (Beeline trademark) comprises cellular operators providing their services in Russia and Kazakhstan, as well as newly acquired cellular operators in Ukraine, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The VimpelCom Group's license portfolio covers approximately 232 million people. Geographically it covers 78 regions in Russia (with 136.5 million people, representing 94% of Russia's population) as well as the entire territories of Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. VimpelCom was the first Russian company to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE"). VimpelCom's ADSs are listed on the NYSE under the symbol "VIP".


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Valery Goldin 
VimpelCom (Moscow)
Tel: 7 (495) 974-5888
Peter Schmidt/Michael Polyviou 
Financial Dynamics
Tel: 1 (212) 850-5600