State Security Service reportedly revisits microchips-to-Russia investigation

The State Security Service (VDD) has started an additional investigation into the possibility that Latvian companies could have been supplying Russian military factories with microchips, reported the LETA newswire September 25.

Companies known to VDD have previously been checked regarding on possible violations of international sanctions. As a result of the earlier inspections, no violations were found. However, in connection with recently published information, the VDD is believed to have revisited the investigation.

One of the companies named in media reports, JSC "RD Alfa Mikroelektronikas Departments" has denied that it is involved in microchip deliveries to Russia. The company's development manager, Ļevs Lapkis, said that its contracts with Russia were terminated with the start of Russia's war on Ukraine, and even before that, the company's chips were not produced or supplied for military purposes.

Similarly, another company, JSC "Alfa RPAR" has also rejected the suggestion that it continues to supply Russia with microchips.

The independent Russian investigative journalism web publication "The Insider" previously wrote that, despite export controls and sanctions, since Russia's repeated invasion of Ukraine, Latvian companies continue to export chips worth millions of euros to Russia.

According to the publication, one of the main importers of microelectronics from Latvia is the Russian company "Lesta-M", and its customers are mainly companies of the military industrial complex, who purchase components for Russian missiles. It alleges that microchips are sent to Russia via Chinese intermediaries, although no Latvia-made chips have been found in downed Russian missiles so far.


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