Rishi Sunak: asks for explanation on the participation of the Chancellor’s wife in a company “operating in Russia” | Political news


Questions are being raised over whether a company in which Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s wife has a £400m stake continues to operate in Russia.

Indian IT giant Infosys still operates in Moscow, according to the Mirror, despite announcing it was closing his office in the Russian capital.

Mr Sunak’s wife, Akshata Murty, holds a 0.93% stake in the company, which was founded by his father, although he retired in 2014 and was no longer involved.

In early April, an Infosys source told the Guardian that the company was “in the process of urgently closing operations in Russia” and “relocating staff to other countries.”

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However, Labor said there were still questions for Mr Sunak respond if his family benefited from a business that remained active in Russia.

A spokeswoman for Ms Murty said: “This is a question for Infosys and should be directed to them.

“Ms. Murty is one of several minority shareholders and has no involvement in operational decisions of the business.”

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Shadow Treasury Minister Tulip Siddiq said: “It is really important for the Chancellor to clarify what is happening here and whether his immediate family benefits from Infosys’ continued presence in Russia.

“We cannot have a situation where a British chancellor and his family maintain economic interests in Putin’s regime.”

Infosys said: “As you know, during the quarterly results, Infosys announced its decision to transfer services from Russia to its global distribution centers.

“While the company does not have active relationships with local Russian businesses, we do have a small team of less than 100 employees in Russia serving some of our global customers.

“We are currently working closely with customers who are affected to enable a smooth transition.”

Last month Ms Murty, an Indian national, announced she would pay UK tax on all her worldwide income after it was revealed she was not domiciled in Britain for tax purposes.

A “non-dom” is a person who lives in a country but is not legally domiciled there, obtaining in certain cases tax advantages in this country.

The disclosure, as well as the revelation, Mr. Sunak retained a american green card while Chancellor was widely seen as having damaged her husband’s hopes of succeeding Boris Johnson as Tory leader.

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