Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a cup of tea as he meets with Sonya, 8, not pictured, from the city of Pskov in Moscow's Kremlin on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Sonya undergoes a medical treatment at Federal Scientific Center for Child's Oncology in Moscow. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Government Press Service)

From Russia With PR: How Governments Run News Articles By ‘Independent Professionals’

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 […]