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Monday, 13 February 2006

Moscow, Russia and Athens, Greece - February 13, 2006 - Concern SITRONICS, the technology arm of Sistema (LSE: SSA), and INTRACOM HOLDINGS (ASE: INTRK) today announced that the companies have reached a non-binding agreement in principal for the acquisition by Concern SITRONICS of a 51% stake in INTRACOM TELECOM for approximately EUR 120 million.

Completion of this transaction is subject to a number of conditions, such as completion of Concern SITRONICS' financial and legal due diligence, negotiation of a share purchase agreement and a shareholders' agreement and obtaining the necessary corporate and governmental approvals.

INTRACOM TELECOM is a fully owned subsidiary of INTRACOM HOLDINGS providing complete telecommunications solutions and services in the EEMEA (Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. INTRACOM TELECOM possesses and manufactures a portfolio of products in the areas of broadband fixed and wireless access and transmission systems as well as content delivery systems (IPTV, triple-play). Concern SITRONICS would seek to integrate the company into its Infocommunications Division, whose primary focus is currently on switching equipment, billing systems and NGN, and realize potential synergies from the company's complementary product lines, system integration capabilities and customer base.

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Sitronics Public Relations
Elena Sanarova
Tel: +7 495 225 0030

Sistema Investor Relations
Alexei Kurach
Tel: +7 495 629 2741

Shared Value Limited
Matthew Hooper
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7321 5023


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Intracom Holdings
Dimitris Klonis
Vice Chairman
Tel:+30-210-667 1991

Intracom Holdings
Manolis Terrovitis
Finance Department
Tel: +30-210-667 1081

Intracom Holdings
Ioannis Mantzaris
Investor Relations
Tel: +30-210-667 9902

Intracom Holdings
Vivian Tsamadou
Marketing & Communications
Tel: +30-210-667 7121


Sistema is the largest private sector consumer services company in Russia and the CIS, with over 50 million customers. Sistema develops and manages market-leading businesses in selected service-based industries, including telecommunications, technology, insurance, banking, real estate, retail and media. Founded in 1993, the company reported revenues of US$ 5.4 billion for the first nine months of 2005, and total assets of US$ 12.1 billion as at September 30, 2005. Sistema's shares are listed under the symbol "SSA" on the London Stock Exchange, under the symbol "AFKS" on the Russian Trading System (RTS), and under the symbol "SIST" on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MSE).


Concern SITRONICS, headquartered in Moscow, Russia is the technology arm of Sistema active in four core segments: Telecom equipment manufacturing & software development (Infocommunication Technologies), Information Technologies, Microelectronic Components, Consumer Electronics.


INTRACOM was founded in 1977, listed on the Athens Stock Exchange since 1990 and included in the FTSE/ASE-20 LargeCap index. On December 2005, INTRACOM has been reorganized, creating INTRACOM HOLDINGS, one of the largest Greek multinational Groups investing in telecommunications, e-government, banking and enterprise, defence electronic systems and constructions. The Group's most important subsidiaries are: INTRACOM TELECOM, INTRACOM DEFENSE ELECTRONICS, INTRACOM IT SERVICES, INTRAKAT and H.O.L. INTRACOM HOLDINGS, as a Group, has 5.450 employees, exports in 60 countries and operates subsidiaries in 16 countries.

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