Germany’s software program big SAP retains its Russian purchasers regardless of claims it shut down cloud companies in Russia
The German software program big SAP seems to have been hypocritical about its guarantees to cease offering cloud companies to Russian purchasers over Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.
Based on a doc obtained by the Kyiv Unbiased, only a day earlier than the corporate’s public announcement to close down its cloud companies in Russia, SAP had despatched its Russian clients a letter providing emigrate their knowledge outdoors of Russia with the intention to keep entry to its companies.
SAP had not responded to the Kyiv Unbiased’s request for remark by the point of publication.
Despatched on March 23 by SAP’s Government Board, the letter says that the corporate will likely be unable to service its knowledge facilities in Russia and recommends that Russian purchasers transfer their cloud knowledge to facilities positioned outdoors the nation.
“Many elements, together with the lack of redundancy, provide chain points and the lack to safe service and help, are prompting us to actively plan to handle your options outdoors of Russia,” the letter reads.
SAP supplied the migration choice to Russian purchasers freed from cost.
“We’re striving to uphold our commitments to your small business throughout these extraordinary instances and recognize your partnership to attain the best potential end result for your small business,” the letter reads.
The doc doesn’t point out Russia’s conflict towards Ukraine, which has ostensibly been the rationale for the mass exodus of worldwide corporations from Russia.
The letter’s tone drastically contrasts SAP’s public statements concerning Russia’s conflict.
On March 24, SAP issued a press launch saying: “Russia’s ongoing unjustified conflict is a heartbreaking show of brutality and a violation of the basic precept of freedom that we share with Ukraine.”
“We stay steadfast in our dedication to help Ukraine by stopping all gross sales and shutting down cloud operations in Russia,” the assertion reads.
SAP has a handful of infamous purchasers in Russia. They embrace vitality corporations Gazprom and Rosneft, Sberbank, Rosselkhozbank, and VTB Financial institution, all of that are underneath financial sanctions imposed by the U.S., EU and U.Ok. over Russia’s conflict towards Ukraine.
In a March 2 public statement, SAP’s Chief Christian Klein mentioned the corporate was stopping enterprise in Russia and Belarus to align with sanctions and pausing all gross sales of its companies and merchandise in Russia and Belarus. The corporate, nevertheless, didn’t tackle whether or not Russian and Belarusian companies may proceed utilizing its companies underneath current contracts.
Creator: Anna MyroniukAnna Myroniuk is the top of investigations on the Kyiv Unbiased. Anna has run investigative initiatives on human rights, healthcare and illicit commerce. She investigated presidents and oligarchs. She has written for Coda Story, OCCRP and Washington Submit. Anna holds a Masters in Investigative Journalism from the Metropolis College of London, is a Chevening Scholar, and a finalist of the 2020 Thomson Basis Younger Journalist Award.