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BIS Blacklists 49 Companies Supplying US-Sourced Integrated Circuits to Russia

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The Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security said Friday that it has added 49 companies to its Entity List for supplying U.S.-origin integrated circuits to Russian consignees with links to Russia’s defense sector.

Listed entities need to secure a licensing requirement for any export, reexport or in-country transfer of all items.

China-based companies dominate the newly added entities, with 42 on the list, with the others based in Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

The microelectronics that the entities supplied to Russian consignees included deliveries covered under the Tier 1 Common High Priority Items List established by the U.S. government and its allies.

Russia needs the ICs to make precision guidance systems for its missile and drone programs. According to Kyiv, these weapons have been used to target critical installations in Ukraine.

“Today’s additions to the Entity List provide a clear message: if you supply the Russian defense sector with U.S.-origin technology, we will find out, and we will take action,” BIS Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement Matthew S. Axelrod said in a statement.

He also called for industry cooperation in helping root out perpetrators by inspecting the integrity of its supply chain.

The BIS announcement is just the latest in U.S.’ countermoves on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In September, the departments of State and the Treasury announced imposing further sanctions on more than 150 individuals and entities.

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