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Top Russian Official Slams Aeroflot's Man United Deal

Top Russian Official Slams Aeroflot's Man United Deal
12:16 30/07/2013
Tags: Manchester United, NATO, Aeroflot, Dmitry Rogozin, Mikhail Prokhorov, Moscow

MOSCOW, July 30 (R-Sport) - Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, renowned for his populist anti-Western stance, on Tuesday hit out at the national carrier Aeroflot’s decision to sponsor Manchester United rather than plowing funds into domestic sports teams.

In a playful but barbed comment on microblogging site Twitter Rogozin hinted the airline should consider adopting a more patriotic PR strategy.

"Aeroflot prefers Anglo-Saxon football and basketball clubs?" Rogozin tweeted, also referring to the company's sponsorship of NBA basketball team the Brooklyn Nets.

"I might just invite them to my place for a heart-to-heart chat," the 49-year-old quipped.

As of midday Tuesday, Aeroflot had not officially responded.

Rogozin, also known for his dry sense of humor, won popularity with the Kremlin - and notoriety in the West - during his time as Russia's outspoken envoy to NATO.

But if he is serious about hoping to reshape the company's marketing strategy, he might not get very far: Aeroflot is 51 percent government-owned.

The Nets, for their part, are owned by Kremlin-friendly Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who announced the tie-up with the carrier in 2010.

Earlier this month Aeroflot replaced Turkish Airlines as Manchester United's official carrier in a five-year deal that brings the company unprecedented global exposure.

Rogozin is the former leader of the now-defunct nationalist Rodina party. In 2008 he was appointed Russia's ambassador to NATO. He was promoted to deputy prime minister in December 2011.

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  • hobbitofnyh'mm one direction only, Russia to the west and back on round trips?
    14:59, 30/07/2013
    So the offical does not want Aeroflot to get bookings for round trip flights that start in the west and go to Russia? He only wants fights from Russia to other countries and back? The team in the USA is very near a large Russian population here. It is getting a Russian brand before people very likely to use the airline to fligh to Russia. Aeroflot is not the only airline flying from New York City to Russia. I hope this offical thinks about other issue more clearly.
  • LocoIvanThe diagnosis is simple in Rogozin's case:...
    15:59, 31/07/2013
    An inflamed idiopathic occurrence of 'Head-up-A*s-itis' with 'puffy chest' syndrome.

    'But if he is serious about hoping to reshape the company's marketing strategy, he might not get very far: Aeroflot is 51 percent government-owned.

    The Nets, for their part, are owned by Kremlin-friendly Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who announced the tie-up with the carrier in 2010.

    Earlier this month Aeroflot replaced Turkish Airlines as Manchester United's official carrier in a five-year deal that brings the company unprecedented global exposure.'


    "I might just invite them to my place for a heart-to-heart chat," the 49-year-old quipped.

    Perhaps, he should use that Economics degree of his, instead, and perform a little research before speaking like a Cabinet level dolt!



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