On 5 September, Politico claimed an exclusive with an article which says that the authors have gained access to Putin’s “shopping list”, which is divided into 3 priority categories, from the most critical components to the least. It even includes the price per item that Moscow expects to pay, down to the last kopeck. It is said that while POLITICO could not independently verify the provenance of the list, 2 experts in military supply chains confirmed it was in line with other research findings about Russia’s military equipment and needs. Of the 25 items Russia is seeking most desperately, almost all are microchips manufactured by US companies Marvell, Intel, Holt, ISSI, Microchip, Micron, Broadcom and Texas Instruments. Rounding out the list are chips by Japanese firm Renesas (which acquired the US-based IDT), Germany’s Infineon (which acquired US-based Cypress), microcircuits by US company Vicor, and connectors by US-based AirBorn. Some of the items can be easily found in online electronics retailers, while others have been out of stock for months due to the microchip shortage.
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