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How sanctioned Western goods are still flowing into Russia

By Georgi Kantchev, Paul Hannon and Laurence Norman

14 May 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Through a meticulous analysis, The WSJ shows how Russia has found a workaround to procure U.S. and EU goods via neighboring countries, circumventing Western sanctions.

BERLIN—A group of former Soviet republics has emerged as a major transshipment hub for U.S. and European computer chips, lasers and other products with civilian and military uses headed for Russia, according to Western officials and data compiled by The Wall Street Journal.

U.S. and European Union exports of sensitive, so-called dual-use goods to countries in Russia’s neighborhood rose sharply in 2022. So did these countries’ shipments of these products to Russia, often by a similar multiple, an analysis of United Nations trade data shows.

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