Moscow and New York (February 16, 2004) - Open Joint Stock Company "Vimpel-Communications" ("VimpelCom" or the "Company") welcomes the Prosecutor's office decision to dismiss its case against the Company. On February 4, 2004, VimpelCom received a resolution issued by the Prosecutor's office of the Northern District of Moscow declaring the initiation of a criminal case stemming from allegations that VimpelCom operated its business without a license. VimpelCom immediately appealed the move of the Prosecutor's office. Today VimpelCom received an official notice from the Prosecutor's office stating that because there was no basis for the case against VimpelCom, it has been dismissed.
VimpelCom is a leading provider of telecommunications services in Russia, operating under the "Bee Line" brand, which is one of the most recognized brand names in Russia. The VimpelCom Group's license portfolio covers approximately 92% of Russia's population (134 million people), including the City of Moscow, the Moscow Region and the City of St. Petersburg. 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".
This press release contains "forward-looking statements", as the phrase is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about an investigation by the prosecutor's office. There is no assurance that there will be no other investigations launched into the activities of the VimpelCom Group or that the company which applied to the Prosecutor's office requesting that the investigation be launched, Mobilny I Sovremenny, will not take other actions against the Company, including appealing the decision taken by the Prosecutor's office to dismiss the case. There is also no assurance that the litigation against Moscow Gossvyaznadzor which the Company initiated, or the litigation initiated by certain subscribers against the Company, will be resolved in a manner favorable to the Company. Certain 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, 2002 and other public filings made by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, which risk factors are incorporated herein by reference. VimpelCom 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 release, or to make corrections to reflect future events.
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