On Thursday, The United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) Rishi Sunak was asked challenging questions about the Russian presence of major Indian software company Infosys. His wife, Akshata Murthy, has a stake.
Rishi Sunak was asked by the reporter, as sanctions are imposed on Russia, being a son-in-law of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy how far his business advice is being followed at his own house.
“It’s been reported that you’ve got family links to Russia, that your wife has a stake in the Indian consultancy firm Infosys.” the reporter asked Sunak.
“They operate in Moscow, have an office there, and have a delivery office there. They’ve got a connection to the Alpha Bank in Moscow.”
“Are you advising others that you’re not following in your own home?” questioned the reporter.
Sunak simply replied that he was giving an interview about things he is responsible for as an elected politician. “My wife is not.”
When asked if his family was potentially benefiting from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime, he said, “I don’t think that’s the case.”
“We’ve put in place significant sanctions. All the companies we are responsible for are following those as they rightly should, sending a very strong message to Putin’s aggression,” said the UK minister.
A statement by Infosys said they “support and advocate for peace” between Russia and Ukraine. Infosys has a small team of employees in Russia that services some global clients locally.
They added that they do not have active business relationships with local Russian enterprises.
“A key priority for Infosys in times of adversity is to continue extending support to the community. The company has committed USD 1 million towards relief efforts for the victims of war in Ukraine,” read the statement.