From Russia With PR

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    From Russia With PR
    Several opinion columns praising Russia and published in the last two years on CNBC’s web site and the Huffington Post were written by seemingly independent professionals but were placed on behalf of the Russian government by its public-relations firm, Ketchum.

    The columns, written by two businessmen, a lawyer, and an academic, heap praise on the Russian government for its “ambitious modernization strategy” and “enforcement of laws designed to better protect business and reduce corruption.” One of the CNBC opinion pieces, authored by an executive at a Moscow-based investment bank, concludes that “Russia may well be the most dynamic place on the continent.”

    There’s nothing unusual about Ketchum’s work on behalf of Russia. Public relations firms constantly peddle op-eds on behalf of politicians, corporations, and governments. Rarely if ever do publications disclose the role of a PR firm in placing an op-ed, so it’s unusual to get a glimpse behind the scenes and see how an op-ed was generated.

    What readers of the CNBC and Huffington Post pieces did not know — but Justice Department foreign agent registration filings by Ketchum show — is that the columns were placed by the public-relations firm working on a contract with the Russian government to, among other things, promote the country “as a place favorable for foreign investments.”​
     
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    The columns, written by two businessmen, a lawyer, and an academic, heap praise on the Russian government for its “ambitious modernization strategy” and “enforcement of laws designed to better protect business and reduce corruption.”

    If true, two areas that were very much in need of fixing in order to create a better climate for attracting foreign investment. And I have no problem with hiring a PR firm to get the message out. It's how business is done.
     
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    Good find. Though anyone who thinks powerful undisclosed interests aren't behind pretty much everything you see in the MSM is deluded... all just a matter of degree.
     
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    Russia puttin' the quash onna gay agenda...
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    Russia moves to enact laws against 'homosexual propaganda'
    January 21, 2013 – Kissing his boyfriend during a protest in front of Russia's parliament earned Pavel Samburov 30 hours of detention and the equivalent of a $16 fine on a charge of "hooliganism." But if a bill that comes up for a first vote later this month becomes law, such a public kiss could be defined as illegal "homosexual propaganda" and bring a fine of up to $16,000.
     
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    Russia.....13 per cent flat tax rate, good.

    Phil Mickelson was gonna move there, but most golf courses suck and snowed under..........
     
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    Granny says, "Ain't dat precious - dem godless commies is turnin' to the Lord...
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    Church should have more control over Russian life, education, military: Putin
    Sun, Feb 03, 2013 - CHURCH AND STATE: Putin has tried to mix religion with patriotism to unify the country, and the Orthodox Church has described Putin’s rule as a ‘miracle of God’
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    Russia marks 70 years since the Battle of Stalingrad
    Sun, Feb 03, 2013 - The city of Volgograd was renamed Stalingrad for a day yesterday as Russia marked the 70-year anniversary of a brutal battle in which the Red Army defeated Nazi forces and changed the course of World War II.
     
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    Doing business with Russia has certainly been catching on. I wonder if THEY knew.

    A Romney Travels to Russia, but on Strictly Friendly Terms

    WASHINGTON — Matt Romney, a son of the Republican presidential nominee, traveled to Moscow this week seeking Russian investors for his California-based real estate firm just days before his father is to wrap up a campaign in which he has vowed to take a tougher stance with the Kremlin.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/us/politics/matt-romney-goes-to-russia-for-business.html?_r=0
     
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    Bit what's the added cost of protecting what you have?
     

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