In the first 10 months of 2023, British suppliers exported to Russia the most important components, including semiconductors and drones, worth more than $100 million.

This is reported by The Times.

British suppliers sent $100 million worth of key equipment to Russia. Goods worth about 15 million dollars. was transferred to the Russian Federation directly from the warehouses of Great Britain.

The authors of the publication note that this figure indicates a sharp reduction in trade between Russia and Britain compared to 2022, when the most important components were exported for the amount of about 770 million dollars. But nearly two years after full-scale war broke out in Ukraine, British technology is still finding its way into the Russian military, often indirectly through foreign third parties.

The article cited figures provided by the Kyiv School of Economics and the Yermak-McFaul International Working Group on Anti-Russian Sanctions, which based its research on seized Russian weapons found in Ukraine, including the Kinzhal hypersonic missile, and data from other sources.

In total,

28 components of British origin were found in Russian weapons,

and more than 2,000 in American ones. Many components, although not necessarily subject to sanctions, are essential to Russian weapons and cannot be produced domestically.

What British goods were supplied to the Russian Federation

Most of the British goods supplied to Russia are semiconductors and computer components

. But in 2023,

machines with "computer numerical control"

(CNC) worth about 1.5 million dollars made in Great Britain also reached the Russian Federation. It is noted that high-precision devices are especially useful for defense production and have become the main problem for Ukraine's allies.

The authors of the article recalled that in November, the United States imposed broad sanctions on all significant Russian importers of KCHK tools, including some that supplied equipment worth less than $200,000. after a full-scale invasion in February 2022.

Other companies have also increased their exposure to Russia in 2023 by increasing exports from the UK or from production facilities abroad.

Among them is FTDI, a British semiconductor manufacturer

that, according to The Times, produced the microcircuits found in an abandoned Russian tank in Brovary, Kyiv region in March 2022. Last year, about 1.5 million dollars was imported into Russia. FTDI components vs. $500,000. in 2022.

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"We take seriously any reports regarding shipments of our products to Russia. We strongly believe that none of FTDI's products have been shipped to Russia in violation of any applicable sanctions, and FTDI does not endorse any use of our products for human rights violations. As we have previously stated, FTDI continues to comply with applicable UK government sanctions and export control laws, and our future business plans take these restrictions into account," said FTDI founder Fred Dart.

British products reach the Russian Federation through third parties

The publication says that

many products manufactured or developed in Britain end up in Russia indirectly, often through Chinese, Hong Kong and Turkish firms.

However, there are also several British suppliers who sent millions of dollars worth of components directly to the Russian Federation.

According to the Financial Times,

the British company Mykines,

registered in Enfield, north of London, organized the sale of electronics in Russia for about 1.2 billion dollars. after the aggressor invaded Ukraine. According to the KSE Institute at the Kyiv School of Economics, in the first 10 months of 2023, the business exported $37.3 million worth of critical components to the Russian Federation.

British supplier of parts for the mining and construction industry ., which is the second largest supplier in the UK. It seems that the business was transferred to Ukrainian Iryna Voroninia, who lives in Moldova, only a few months after the start of full-scale war.

KSE Institute Senior Researcher Olena Bilousova said: "Despite a positive shift in the reduction of direct trade with Russia, the total figure remains significant at $112 million. Indirect trade by British companies increased by 78 percent in monetary terms in the tenth month of 2023 compared to the same period of 2022".

What they say in the British government

Meanwhile, the UK government said: "We have put in place the toughest package of economic sanctions ever imposed on a major economy. We also recently announced the creation of a new Office of Trade Sanctions to strengthen our enforcement of sanctions. Any failure to comply with these tough sanctions is a serious offense and is punishable by large financial fines or criminal prosecution".

By the way, earlier in the investigation of The Insider and IrpiMedia it was reported that the Italian company Beretta still imports small arms to Russia.

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