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Telenor share buy violates injunction-Russia watchdog

Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

MOSCOW, Oct 1 (Reuters) - The head of Russia's anti-trust agency, which has filed a lawsuit to block Telenor from increasing its stake in Russian mobile operator Vimpelcom , said the Norwegian company was in violation of an injuction by a Russian court.

Telenor said on Monday it had taken delivery of 71 million shares in Vimpelcom from Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris.

"I regret this, because an injunction by a Russian court has been violated," Igor Artemyev, head of Russia's Anti-Monopoly Service, said in comments issued by the service's press office.

"Unfortunately we cannot add anything for now."

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Melissa Akin; Editing by Douglas Busvine)

((melissa.akin@thomsonreuters.com)(+7 495 775 1242)(Reuters Messaging: melissa.akin.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.com))

Keywords: TELENOR VIMPELCOM/SHARES

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