Despite sanctions from Great Britain, the United States and the EU, Russia continues to have access to essential components needed to power its military apparatus, BBC reports.
Moscow authorities manage to extract small but important parts of Western technology, especially microchips. A large part of the Kremlin's arsenal, including ballistic and cruise missiles, is based on electronic components from the United States, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Israel, and China.
In June, the Kyiv-based KSE Institute, together with the Yermak-McFaul International Working Group on Russian Sanctions, analyzed 1,057 foreign components found in 58 samples of seized Russian weapons. About half of them were microchips and processors, and about two-thirds are manufactured by American companies.
In April of this year, the Nikkei revealed that 75% of American microchips are shipped to Russia via Hong Kong or China.
There are many companies that are willing to take risks to meet the needs of customers. They are located in the Czech Republic, Serbia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, India, and China.