"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," Mr. Elliott adds, noting. "Placement of op-eds is a standard part of the influence game, but it's rare for readers ever to find out who is behind the curtain."
"Ketchum's latest public filing says it was paid $1.9 million by Russia for the six-month period ending May 31, 2013. It received another $3.7 million for its work for Russian energy giant Gazprom over the same period," Mr. Elliott says.