bombs on Kiev bombs on Kiev bombs on Kiev bombs on Kiev
03/03/2022

The effects of the war in Ukraine on Jolla, a summary

The events: Putin invades Ukraine

Let’s start with the breaking news: the Russian army started an offensive in Ukrainian territory, therefore not only in the disputed territories of Donbass and Crimea.
Within days the offensive from Belarus reached Kiev, putting the Ukrainian capital under siege.

After a first surprise, it comes a condemnation from NATO and the EU, responses that remained — cautiously — at the level of economic sanctions and blocks on Russian exports.

Regardless of the risk of possible subsequent escalations, these measures and the undermining of the credibility of the Putin regime suddenly impact the situation of Sailfish OS and Jolla Ltd.

Past recap: Jolla and the Russian partners after 2016

In 2016, Jolla oy, despite the support of the Finnish state fund TEKES, was forced to look for investors and came under the control of a group of Russian shareholders. In the same year, work begins on a localised version of the operating system, called Sailfish OS Mobile OS RUS.

A graph of the owners and companies related to Sailfish OS (2018)

A graph of the owners and companies related to Sailfish OS (2018)

According to the latest data found, since 2016, simplifying, Rostelecom — through intermediary company — would own 61.46% of Jolla Oy.

Unless there have been recently changes, the situation should have remained the above.

The community asks and Jolla clarifies

After the first week of conflict, and the entry into force of the first 3 packages of sanctions — gradually more stringent — doubts and questions from the Community linked to Sailfish OS / Nokia have arisen.
One of the biggest doubts concerned a possible way out and survival without the partners and therefore the Russian capital.

Source twitter

After a series of questions, the answer:

“Sailfish OS is not used in Russia but Aurora OS instead. Further, as we stated we no longer have any active business or exports to Russia which means we don’t have active project with Aurora OS anymore.”

A concise reply via tweet, which however was not articulated, and here 24 hours later finally comes a long post from the Chairman of the board of directors of Jolla Ltd, Samuli Simojoki

 

The post is in Finnish, here is an English translation:

Putin’s attack on Ukraine is forcing each of us to evaluate our own actions against Russia. One place of reflection for myself is Jolla Oy, where I serve as an independent member and chairman of the board. For Jolla, a situation has developed over the years in which the company’s largest owner, but not the majority owner, is indirectly Rostelecom. Rostelecom, on the other hand, is a Russian listed company in which the Russian state owns about 45%. It would be easy to say that one does not want to operate in a company with such significant indirect ownership by the Russian state.

Who has been looking for an ownership arrangement for a long time, in which the company would have a balanced ownership structure and Russian ownership would be significantly reduced. The International Investment Bank has been involved in promoting the arrangement. Now, in the new situation, it is clear that the company has no future without completely exiting Russian ownership. The company is working to find an ownership arrangement that will make this possible.

Jolla Oy has been actively driving down its Russian business already during 2021 and will not generate any turnover from Russia. The only connection, then, is ownership. The company has some really interesting business openings in both the Automotive and Operating Systems sectors. It has long been indicated that several European countries would cooperate as soon as the ownership structure is adjusted. The company has a continuous and positive dialogue with representatives of the Finnish state on these themes. One of Jolla Oy’s important partners is Daimler, and a representative of Daimler is also on Jolla’s Board of Directors. We have had an ongoing dialogue with Daimler on the situation in recent days, and Daimler’s representation on the board remains.

The aim is therefore to save the company through the ownership arrangement described above. Jolla Oy is a great Finnish company that, for its part, maintains Finnish know-how in the field of operating systems and could have a great future ahead of it. As a member of the Board of Jolla Oy, I represent the interests of Jolla and not the interests of Jolla’s owners. That’s why I’m going to continue on the company’s board for the time being and try to help save the company from an awkward situation. I see that as a responsible way to act.

Good reading
Giovanni - Jolla-Device.com


Back to home blog

Other news:

Vanha Rauma

Sailfish OS Vanha Rauma was released

07/04/2022 new

A new Sailfish OS release is out: so named because it’s dedicated to a city in the southwest of Finland: Vanha Rauma, which “is a living monument to the enchanting style of old Nordic wooden construction (…) a beautiful examples of…

Read all
bombs on Kiev

The effects of the war in Ukraine on Jolla, a summary

03/03/2022

The events: Putin invades Ukraine Let’s start with the breaking news: the Russian army started an offensive in Ukrainian territory, therefore not only in the disputed territories of Donbass and Crimea. Within days the offensive from Belarus reached Kiev, putting…

Read all
Putin is trash

Beginning of 2022

01/01/2022 month report

2022 is here and it’s starting (badly) under the sign of tech inflation and the risks associated with a possible escalation between Russia and NATO. The covid pandemic has already become a background issue… Let’s look at them and how…

Read all
Storeman the alternative app store for Sailfish OS

J-D video-tutorial #2: the Other native stores: Openrepos and Storeman app

04/01/2021 apps

Many new Sailfish OS users are unaware of the existence of another source of native apps: the portal OpenRepos.net and its app version: Storeman. For various reasons, over the years this alternative store has grown better and today hosts the…

Read all

Check out the Jolla-Devices STORE.

Our beta shop. It's a sort of archive where to buy Sailfish OS-ready devices.

Buy.jolla-device.com
TOP