A source just sent us this statement from KPMG International that says its member firms in Russia and Belarus will be leaving the KPMG network:
“We believe we have a responsibility, along with other global businesses, to respond to the Russian government’s ongoing military attack on Ukraine. As a result, our Russia and Belarus firms will leave the KPMG network. KPMG has over 4,500 people in Russia and Belarus, and ending our working relationship with them, many of whom have been a part of KPMG for many decades, is incredibly difficult. This decision is not about them – it is a consequence of the actions of the Russian Government. We are a purpose-led and values-driven organization that believes in doing the right thing. We will seek to do all we can to ensure we provide transitional support for former colleagues impacted by this decision.”
Earlier today several news outlets broke the news that PwC is also cutting ties with its member firms in Russia and Belarus due to the war in Ukraine. PwC Global Chairman Bob Moritz confirmed in a statement late Sunday afternoon that PwC is pulling out of Russia, but he didn’t confirm a report by the Financial Times earlier today that PwC Belarus was also exiting PwC’s network of firms. It’s only a matter of time before Deloitte and EY make similar announcements.
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