STATEMENT ON CHARGES AGAINST SISTEMA’S MAJOR SHAREHOLDER
Moscow, Russia – September 17, 2014 – Sistema JSFC (“Sistema”, “the Company”) (LSE: SSA), the largest publicly-traded diversified holding company in Russia and the CIS, notes that on September 16, its major shareholder and Chairman of its Board of Directors, Vladimir Evtushenkov1, has been charged with legalisation of shares of BashTEK group. Sistema’s management believes that the acquisition of BashTEK group was legal and transparent. The company is fully cooperating with the investigation and intends to use all legal means to defend its position.
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Sistema is the largest publicly-traded diversified holding company in Russia and the CIS, which invests in and is a major shareholder of 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$ 8.8 billion for the second quarter of 2014, and total assets of US$ 45.2 billion as at June 30, 2014. Sistema’s global depository receipts are listed under the symbol “SSA” on the London Stock Exchange. Sistema’s ordinary shares are listed under the symbol “AFKS” on the Moscow Exchange. Sistema was ranked number 308 in the 2013 edition of the Fortune Global 500 list. Website: www.sistema.com
The Company is not an investment company, and is not and will not be registered as such, under the U.S. Investment Company Act of 1940.
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1 Vladimir Evtushenkov owns 64.2% of Sistema’s shareholder capital.