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Press releases | Archive 2006

RBC Daily newspaper goes print

Moscow, September 25, 2006 - OAO RBC Information Systems (RTS, MICEX: RBCI) has published the debut issue of a full-color business newspaper RBC Daily today, which was previously accessible to Internet users only.

The newspaper RBC Daily accumulates RBC's broad experience in providing financial and economic news, which is essential for any successful business. Using RBC's resources, the newspaper will give its readers reliable information, balanced analysis and forecasts on key market trends.

"We are set to increase the audience of RBC Daily by allowing readers to choose the most convenient delivery channel, would it be through the Internet or in hard copy," RBC General Director, Yury Rovensky said. "We come out with a publication, whose selection of materials and style best meet the requirements of business people. RBC Daily writes in a straightforward and unbiased manner, providing only practical information."

The newspaper will be RBC's second product in the business print media segment and will compete with the country's major business newspaper titles. It will consist of 16 pages with a startup circulation of 80,000 copies. The main sections of the newspaper will include "Fuel and Energy," "Manufacturing Industries," "Consumer Market," "Banks and Finances," and "Telecom and Media." Pyotr Vlasov, who also runs the RBC magazine, will be its editor-in-chief. A renewed Internet version will appear at www.rbcdaily.ru simultaneously with the first hard copy issue.

The newspaper will be published in cooperation with Handelsblatt, which is among the largest and most reputable business newspapers in Europe. Handelsblatt is part of the Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt (VHB) publishing group headquartered in Dusseldorf (Germany). "We are very happy to be partners with the German's leading financial and economic newspaper and will be sharing with each other our experience, newest technologies and, of course, information materials. RBC's editorial staff will have access to Handelsblatt's correspondent pool worldwide, while our partners will be able to use information available on RBC's media resources," said Artyom Inyutin, General Director of RBC Media.

"Having analyzed the Russian media market for years, we have found RBC as the most dynamic partner for our plans to develop business media in Russia. Our combined know-how will soon show its positive impact on the Russian market. We are both building a media bridge between Russia and Germany, based on true partnership, integrating Russia into the European business community," said Dr. Michael Stollarz, head of the Investment and Strategic Development Department at VHB.

"The combined efforts will soon create Russia's most modern business media company, bringing a highly appreciated brand to all channels: internet, TV, daily newspaper and magazines. It is a win-win-situation for all participants, but most of all for our audience and clients," Joachim O. Weidemann, Director Central and Eastern Europe at VHB added.

"As former Handelsblatt correspondent in Moscow I am deeply convinced that the cooperation between both newspapers will produce additional very useful content for readers both in Russia and Germany," Bernd Ziesemer, the editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt said.

Launching a print newspaper, RBC is further on track to actively expand its content delivery channels by introducing new niche products targeted at high-income audience groups, which makes it possible to charge premium advertising rates. Following a thorough market analysis and consultations with major advertisers, RBC resolved to enter the newspaper segment, seeing strong synergies with its existing media products and huge cross-selling opportunities.

About RBC

OAO RBC Information Systems (RTC, MICEX: RBCI) is a leading Russian mass media and information technology group. As a media company, RBC comprises an information agency, Russia's first business television station, electronic newspapers, business and other specialized Internet resources, the RBC and CNews magazines). Being a leading provider of business information to the Russia-speaking audiences, RBC broadcasts the largest volume of financial and economic data and news materials on Russia and the CIS, as well as highlights international events.

RBC's publishing business began with the launch of the RBC monthly business magazine in March 2006. In the summer of 2006, the company announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the EDI S Press publishing group, consisting of two publishing houses, Salon Press and Luxury Media, well-known for such popular magazine brands as Salon Interior, Idei Vashego Doma and Four Seasons.

About Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt

Handelsblatt Publishing Group, or Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt GmbH (VHB), is Germany's leading business and financial media group. The group belongs to the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck) that operates in more than 80 countries in both print and electronic media, providing information, disseminating knowledge, and serving the needs of educational, professional, and general readership markets. Holtzbrinck's activities are divided into four business areas: newspapers and business information, electronic media and services, trade publishing as well as education and science.

Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt represents fair, independent and serious journalism. The group focuses on decision-makers in business, finance and politics, as well as on young potentials. The group's leading media brands are the business daily "Handelsblatt" (online: www.handelsblatt.com ), the weekly newsmagazine "WirtschaftsWoche" (online: www.wiwo.de ), and the monthly career magazine "karriere". Besides, the group (www.vhb.de) publishes more than 50 special-interest and B2B magazines, a comprehensive portfolio of specialist literature, and offers a wide range of multimedia services. The group also includes service providers like GWP media-marketing, a leading ad marketer for decision-maker media, operating in Germany, Europe and China.

In central and eastern Europe, Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt has become a leading business publisher in the Czech Republic, in Slovakia, Bulgaria and Ukraine and runs a leading business and financial portal in Poland. The group investigates further investments in the region.

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