Kaspersky Lab Disagrees With CEO’s Inclusion in US ‘Kremlin Report’
Sputnik/ Sergey GuneevUS15:59 30.01.2018(updated 16:02 30.01.2018) Get short URL130
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Kaspersky Lab anti-virus solutions firm disagreed with the inclusion of its CEO Eugene Kaspersky on the list of Russian oligarchs, the so-called “Kremlin report,” the company said Tuesday.
“Kaspersky Lab disagrees with the inclusion of Eugene [Kaspersky] in the list of oligarchs, because that term presupposes possession of a large capital and exerting political influence with its help. Kaspersky Lab does not have political connections and does not use political influence in any country of the world, including Russia, and cannot be considered ‘an oligarchical structure’… Kaspersky Lab earns more than 82 percent of its revenue abroad,” the company said.
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The company said that the “Kremlin report” appeared to include all Russian businesspeople from the Forbes list with a personal wealth of over one billion dollars, regardless of how the capital was earned.
Kaspersky noted on his personal Twitter account that the people behind the list did not seem to understand the meaning of the word “oligarch,” or they would not have included him and other businessmen with no ties to the government.
Earlier in the day, the US Treasury Department published the list, including 114 Russian politicians and 96 businesspeople, who may later be targeted with sanctions. The document itself, however, should not be interpreted as a sanctions list.
The software company has already faced pressure in the United States over its alleged ties to Moscow. In September, the US Department of Homeland Security issued a directive ordering government agencies to delete Kaspersky products from their computers over security concerns. The company has denied all cyberespionage allegations.