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Ukraine denounces Western executives at Russian companies

By Alistair MacDonald and Ben Dummett

01 Feb 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Moscow boardrooms have become the latest battleground in the Ukraine conflict, according to the Journal. Kyiv claims that the presence of foreign business leaders gives its enemy more credibility.

Ukraine is ratcheting up pressure on Western executives who have retained posts at Russian companies, saying their presence is indirectly supporting Moscow’s war effort.

Many Western executives cut ties with Russia after it invaded Ukraine last year, sometimes in opposition to the war or to comply with Western sanctions. Others remained for various reasons, including saying they had a fiduciary duty to their investors, a responsibility to local employees or yearslong ties to Russia that were hard to break.

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