The agency is tasked with promoting the stock exchanges range of indices to a wider audience and gaining it greater media coverage.
MICEX (Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange) Stock Exchange, which was established in 2004, provides a platform for trading equities, corporate and regional bonds, Russian Federation government Eurobonds, stockmarket derivatives, repo and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).
Merlin director Paul Farrow heads the account, reporting to MICEX PR director Alexey Gerasyuk in Russia. The brief covers all markets except Russia.
Farrow said the agency picked up the brief through its previous work in the former USSR, which includes Kazakh FTSE 100 mining firm Kazakhmys.