Cordiant-owned networks Bates and Saatchi & Saatchi operate a combined network in central and eastern Europe. The four-year-old Moscow office employs 85 staff and encompasses Zenith media and Action Marketing, a below- the-line subsidiary. The office has 22 local clients and internatinal clients include BAT (British-American Tobacco), Tchibo coffee, Procter & Gamble, Cadbury's and Johnson & Johnson.
There are concerns that other western companies could become targets of tax inspectors. The International Monetary Fund recently delayed a loan payment to Russia because the country is not generating enough revenues from tax collections.
Copyright November 1996, Crain Communications Inc.