PR-agency Ketchum scaled back Kremlin promotion in the West

US PR-agency Ketchum, a division of Omnicom Group, no longer represents Russia in the United States and Europe, announced PRWeek referring to the official statement of Omnicom Group.
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"With the exception of our office in Moscow, Ketchum no longer represents the Russian Federation in the United States or Europe. Our partner in the consortium, GPlus, continues to operate in accordance with the contract, "- said the Omnicom Group. From the detailed comments in the company refused. Receive comments from representatives of the Russian Embassy edition failed.
The publication writes that the documents submitted to the US Department of Justice show that Ketchum worked with Russia and "Gazprom" for six months ended November 30, 2014. For the previous period ending 31 May 2014, the company has done a lot more work for Russia, including support for ties with NBC to cover the Olympic Games in Sochi. The government of Russia during this period Ketchum transferred more than $ 1.5 million, writes PRWeek.

Ketchum agency dedicated to the promotion of "Gazprom" since the mid-2000s. In September 2012, the American investigative journalism website ProPublica reported that Ketchum posted on the website of TV channel CNBC and the online edition of Huffington Post column praising Russia, written by order of the agency "supposedly independent toumnistami ". According to ProPublica, from mid-2006 to mid-2012 for the creation of a positive image of Russia in the West, PR-agency received from the Russian government $ 23 million, and from the "Gazprom" - $ 17 million.
A spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov denied this information. "From Ketchum presidential administration does not receive any money. We continue to cooperate with him, but not directly. No budget money for this cooperation is not being spent, "- said Peskov. In "Gazprom" declined to comment.

In September 2014 the American newspaper The New York Times reported that the cooperation Ketchum and "Gazprom" is completed. This information was confirmed Ketchum affiliate in Washington Kathy Dzhivons. Dmitry Peskov, told Forbes did not rule out the possibility that the Kremlin may also refuse the services of American PR. "Communication services are now largely useless. When the US and NATO is blatant propaganda, regular communication and information laws do not work ", - explained Sands.