6 Nov 2003 16:22

Interfax-Germany - 10 years

Interfax-Germany GmBH, which is part of Interfax Information Services Group, celebrated its tenth year on November 6 2003.

Interfax-Germany, Interfax‘s first subdivision in Western Europe, in 1993 became a pioneer in providing a full range of political and economic information about Russia and other CIS countries to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Its clients include major banks and companies, media outlets, state and public organizations. German Ambassador to Russia Hans-Friedrich von Plotz said the fact that Interfax has been represented in Germany for ten years is of great importance in keeping German speakers informed about what is happening in Russia. The ambassador congratulated Interfax-Germany and said he hoped it would continue and expand its work.
Michael Ulbricht, a department chief at Volkswagen AG, said his company was one of the first in Germany to start using Interfax information ten years ago. Volkswagen still uses Interfax to follow events in the political and business worlds in Russia and other CIS countries, which, Ulbricht says, speaks for itself.
The German Federal Government Press and Information, one of Interfax-Germany‘s first clients in Germany, said the past ten years have seen fruitful and successful cooperation. Interfax makes a vital contribution to informing the federal government about events abroad, especially in Russia. The Office wished all of Interfax happiness and success and said it hoped cooperation would continue to flourish.
Interfax-Germany is constantly expanding the range of products it offers its clients in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and continues to create publications that are specially aimed at its clients in German speaking countries.
Sergei Sosnovsky, a leading journalist and German scholar, has led Interfax-Germany for the past decade.

The Interfax Group has been the leading source of up-to-the-minute information about Russia and the CIS for the international community since the early 1990s. It is the commonly recognized leader in the foreign press in providing information on Russia and is among the most frequently used sources of prompt information in the world.
The structure of the Interfax Group, which was set up in 1989 and currently comprises over twenty companies, incorporates a network of national, regional, and sectoral news agencies operating under the Interfax brand throughout Russia and the CIS, in China, and in a number of Central and East European countries.
The group also includes analytical organizations involved in developing specialized programmatic services and working with the biggest international information structures.