MOSCOW, September 12 (RAPSI) – The Moscow Office of Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has fined Telecommunications giant VimpelCom 450,000 rubles ($7,000) for dissemination of SMS message advertising, according to the FAS statement.

Following the consideration of administrative offence cases the Federal Antimonopoly Service’s directorate has given three rulings on instituting administrative action against VimpelCom, the statement reads.

According to FAS, cases have been opened from facts of disseminating SMS advertisement by the company  without the prior consent of subscribers in the Moscow region.

VimpelCom is one of the largest telecommunications services in the world, providing services in Russia, Central Asia, Asia, Africa, and Europe. The company provides its Russian services under the Beeline brand.