OAO Severstal

OAO Severstal

August 25, 2011 17:00 ET

Severstal Increases Stake in High River Gold Mines

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2011) - Nord Gold N.V. ("Nord Gold"), a subsidiary of OAO Severstal ("Severstal") (LSE:SVST)(RT:CHMF), announced today that it acquired 12,065,300 common shares ("Common Shares") of High River Gold Mines Ltd. ("High River") at a price of CAD$1.29 per share on August 25, 2011 (the "Transaction"). The securities acquired pursuant to the Transaction represent ownership and control of approximately 1.44% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares as at the date hereof.

Following the Transaction, Severstal will have beneficial ownership and control over 630,627,472 Common Shares, representing approximately 75.06% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares as at the date hereof. The additional acquisition of Common Shares occurred in an over the counter transaction outside of Canada from a non-Canadian seller.

The additional acquisition of Common Shares was effected to increase Severstal's ownership position. Severstal controlled High River prior to the Transaction and will continue to control High River. Severstal may in the future increase or decrease its ownership of securities of High River from time to time depending on such factors as the business and prospects of High River and future market conditions.

This press release is issued pursuant to National Instrument 62-103 – The Early Warning System and Related Take-Over Bid and Insider Reporting Issues, which requires a report to be filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) containing additional information with respect to the foregoing matters. A copy of this report may be obtained by contacting Sergei Loktionov, Public Relations, Nord Gold at +31 20 406 4480, sergei.loktionov@nordgold.com.

About Severstal

OAO Severstal is one of the world's largest vertically integrated steel and mining companies with assets in Russia and other CIS, USA, Europe and Africa. Severstal reported revenue of $13,573 million and EBITDA of $3,263 million in 2010. Severstal's crude steel production in 2010 reached 14.7 million tonnes. Severstal is listed on the RTS and MICEX stock exchanges, Severstal's GDRs are traded on the London Stock Exchange.

Nord Gold includes all Severstal's gold mining assets and is an established international, pure-gold producer focused on emerging markets with currently eight producing mines, two development projects, five advanced exploration projects and a broad portfolio of early exploration projects and licenses located across West Africa in Guinea and Burkina Faso, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation.

The addresses of Severstal and Nord Gold are:

OAO Severstal
2/3 Klara Tsetkin street, RU-127299
Moscow, Russia
Phone: +7 (495) 926 77 66
Fax: +7 (495) 926 77 61
Nord Gold N.V.
Strawinskylaan 3105 Atrium
1077 ZX Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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