Vivacell-Mts’ Service Centers Open Doors To Handicapped Artwork Exhi

17:00 10/08/2009

VivaCell-MTS, a subsidiary of Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (NYSE: MBT),
announces that starting from today in the Company’s Service Centers
located at Amiryan, Saryan and Tigran Medz streets as well as Nothern
Avenue, handicapped artwork is being displayed.

We all share the same right to have our job well acknowledged. Thus
VivaCell-MTS aims at providing the handicapped people who have
skills in such traditional crafts as pottery, painting, embroidery,
wood carving, stone carving, etc., means to share the outcome of
their efforts and creativity with everyone. For that VivaCell-MTS
joined hands with two organizations for the handicapped – Pyunik and
Prkutyun NGOs.

A contribution box is placed in each of the Service Centers for
receipt of charitable contributions. Later on these contributions
will be used by NGOs to carry out their charitable purposes.

"Belief, equal treatment and sense of responsibility towards the
Armenian society always guides VivaCell-MTS in such and other
activities. Integration of handicapped people into society is our
responsibility. Corporate responsibility is not about one-time
actions. It’s about creating conditions for harmonious cooperation
between private and public sectors", said VivaCell-MTS General Manager
Ralph Yirikian. He made the first contribution by choosing one of
the items.

In 2007 VivaCell-MTS sponsored creation of arts and crafts centers for
the handicapped in Gyumri and Yerevan, where under the supervision of
professional trainers disabled people are making their own artwork
and handicrafts to sell at different events and distributed to
retail souvenir shops throughout Armenia. The centers also provide
an alternative way of organizing leisure of the disabled, develop
their problem solving skills, discover relaxation techniques, and
build self-confidence. The Centers give an opportunity to children,
who would otherwise have no other way of stimulating their development,
to try their skills in arts and crafts.