SAP attracts new criticism for its presence in Russia • The Register


A Ukrainian minister has accused software giant SAP of continuing to operate in Russia despite the German supplier previously pledging to withdraw from the aggressor country.

In the months following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, SAP drew criticism for continuing to support installations of its software in Russia and cloud services used by Russian companies, including the bank. public Sberbank.

Pressure from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy helped the enterprise apps provider promise in late April an “orderly exit from… its operations in Russia” after a 30-year presence there.

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However, the media Politics reported that Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, had criticized SAP for what he claimed was its continued presence in Russia.

“SAP continues … to work in Russia and pay taxes to help fund the Russian military,” he told the news magazine at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “A lot of banks and banking businesses are based on SAP.”

In April, SAP announced plans to end software support and cloud services in Russia. “Our hearts and our hopes are with the people of Ukraine. More than anything, we want this war to end,” he said in a statement.

Having already halted sales of new software in early March – and signaling that it will take a 130 million euro ($141 million) hit as a result of its decision – SAP has given unsanctioned companies in Russia the choice to “do delete their data, send them, or migrated to a data center outside of Russia.”

“For Russian companies choosing the migration path, we will not renew their contract when the current subscription term expires,” he said in a statement in April.

Meanwhile, regarding onsite support, SAP said it intends to end support and maintenance agreements in Russia. “We are evaluating several options to execute on this decision, each of which will ensure that we continue to meet our obligations to unsanctioned customers. It is also important to note that regardless of any SAP decision, existing customers in Russia using a on-premises software will still be able to use their products,” he said.

We asked SAP to respond to Fedorov’s latest comments and how long his transition out of Russia will take.

The Ukrainian minister also criticized global network and website security firm Cloudflare, saying it continued to protect Russian websites.

“I don’t know who they are defending them from,” he added.

Earlier, in March, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince defended his company’s decision to operate in Russia, arguing that any withdrawal could have unintended consequences by “advancing and entrenching the Russian government’s interests in controlling the internet.” in Russia “.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry has published a list (warning: government link .ru) US citizens currently under personal sanctions, including a ban on entering the country. It includes Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook owner Meta. Rocket and electric car enthusiast Elon Musk and software impresario Larry Ellison appear to have escaped censorship. ®

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