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MMC Norilsk Nickel : ISS RECOMMENDS MMC NORILSK NICKEL SHAREHOLDERS TO VOTE FOR GARRETH PENNY, ENOS BANDA AND GERHARDUS

 MMC Norilsk Nickel : ISS RECOMMENDS MMC NORILSK NICKEL SHAREHOLDERS TO VOTE
             FOR GARRETH PENNY, ENOS BANDA AND GERHARDUS PRINSLOO

Moscow, February 21, 2013 - OJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel (hereinafter - MMC Norilsk
Nickel or the Company) announces today that ISS Proxy Advisory Services  (ISS) 
released its analysis and voting recommendations for the Extraordinary General
Meeting (EGM) of MMC  Norilsk Nickel shareholders to  take place on March  11, 
2013.

ISS recommends shareholders of MMC Norilsk Nickel to approve early termination
of powers of Board of Directors of the Company and to support the election  of 
independent non-executive directors Garreth Penny, Enos Ned Banda and Gerhard
Prinsloo.

ISS  analysts  point   out  that   of  all  the   independent  nominees,   the 
aforementioned gentlemen are most capable  of making impartial decisions  that 
contribute to the benefits of all shareholders of the Company.

Garreth Penny is a  new nominee to  the Company's Board.  He is the  Executive 
Chairman of New  World Resources plc,  one of Europe's  leading hard coal  and 
coke producers Mr. Penny  is aslo the  former CEO of De  Beers Group and  has 
strong mining experience and expertise.

Enos Banda is an  incumbent independent board member  and the Chairman of  the 
Audit Committee. He is former Head of Global Investment and Corporate  Banking 
Department for sub-Saharan Africa at  HSBC and has considerable experience  in 
finance, as  well as  an understanding  of International  and Comparative  law 
being a Doctor of Jurisprudence. Currently Mr. Banda serves as CEO of  Freetel 
Capital.

Gerhardus Prinsloo  is one  of the  incumbent independent  board members.  Mr. 
Prinsloo is the majority owner and director of Natural Resource Partnership, a
company specialising in providing strategic and technical solutions to natural
resource companies.

The management of the Company welcomes the opinion of ISS analysts.

All the materials  for the  AGM can be  downloaded under  the following  link: 
http://www.nornik.ru/en/investor/shareholder/meeting/11march2013

For further information, please, contact:

Media Relations:          Investor Relations:
Phone: +7 (495) 797 82 94 Phone: +7 (495) 786 83 20
Email: uosmail@nornik.ru  Email: ir@nornik.ru

ABOUT MMC NORILSK NICKEL:

MMC Norilsk  Nickel, a  company incorporated  under the  laws of  the  Russian 
Federation, is the largest  diversified mining and  metals company in  Russia, 
the world's largest producer  of nickel and palladium  and one of the  world's 
largest producers  of platinum,  rhodium, copper  and cobalt.  In addition  to 
this, MMC  Norilsk  Nickel  produces  a large  number  of  other  by-products, 
including gold, silver, tellurium, selenium, iridium and ruthenium.

The key production units of the Company's group in Russia are at the Polar and
Kola Peninsulas. MMC Norilsk Nickel international assets include operations in
Finland, Australia, Botswana and South Africa.

MMC Norilsk Nickel's shares  are traded on the  Moscow Exchange. ADR's on  the 
Company's shares are traded on the other  the counter market in the US and  on 
the London and Berlin stock exchanges.

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