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Infosys transfers services from Russia amid UK minister Rishi Sunak Row: report


Rishi Sunak is married to Akshata Murthy, daughter of Infosys NR founder Narayana Murthy

New Delhi:

IT major Infosys is moving its services from Russia to its other global fulfillment centers, sources say.

The move comes amid growing pressure on Britain’s Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who recently answered tough questions about the Russian presence of Infosys, a company in which his wife, Akshata Murty, has a stake. Akshata Murthy is the daughter of Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy and holds a 0.91% stake in Infosys.

Sources said Infosys is moving services from Russia to other global fulfillment centers, but gave no details.

Infosys has less than 100 employees in Russia, and the status of local staff there and whether they will be relocated could not immediately be determined.

To an email query from PTI, Infosys said, “We have no comment.”

The UK had previously imposed sweeping sanctions on Russian businesses and individuals, with Sunak appealing to all UK businesses to think very carefully about any investment in Russia amid the ongoing Ukraine conflict. In reference to the harsh sanctions imposed on Russia, Sunak, who is the son-in-law of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy, was asked on air if his business advice was not followed at home.

The Minister stressed that the operations of individual companies belong to them.

Last month, a statement from Infosys said the multinational software services company supports and defends peace between Russia and Ukraine.

The statement read: “Infosys has a small team of employees based in Russia, which serves some of our global customers, locally. We have no active business relationships with local Russian companies.

“A key priority for Infosys in times of adversity is to continue to provide support to the community. The company has committed $1 million to relief efforts for war victims in Ukraine.”

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