Meet The PR Firm That Helped Vladimir Putin Troll The Entire CountrySubmitted by Chris P. Crunchski on Sat, 09/14/2013 - 17:39
By Brett LoGiurato | Business Insider – Thu, Sep 12, 2013 2:18 PM EDT
The New York Times op-ed that has much of the country — including Washington — abuzz on Thursday was placed there by Ketchum, a public-relations giant with a long history of dealings with the Russian government.
A spokeswoman for Ketchum confirmed a report from BuzzFeed's Rosie Gray that the firm submitted Russian President Vladimir Putin's piece to the Times, and that Putin himself wrote the op-ed.
"The opinion piece was written by President Putin and submitted to The New York Times on his behalf by Ketchum for their consideration," said Jackie Burton, Ketchum's senior vice president of external relations. A spokeswoman for the Times also confirmed Ketchum's involvement.