Rogozin criticized statements that sanctions are developing the Russian economy – as stupid ideas

2021-06-09

During a speech in the State Duma, at a hearing on sanctions from Western countries and measures to minimize their impact on the Russian economy, Dmitry Rogozin admitted that the sanctions hindered him greatly. He especially stressed that personal sanctions were imposed against him.

Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin is a Russian oligarch, politician, currently serving as Director-General of Roscosmos since 2018. Previously he was Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in charge of the defence industry from 2011 to 2018. Prior to that, he was Russia’s ambassador to NATO from 2008 to 2011.

Statements that sanctions are helping to develop the economy, were deemed as stupid by the current head of Roscosmos. According to him, the national economy should be developing regardless of sanctions. Rogozin noted that Russia cannot put some of the satellites into orbit, due to the lack of certain types of microcircuits that aren’t produced in Russia. Some satellites lack one single chip for final assembly. The supply of microcircuits to Russia decreased after the introduction of sanctions, including a ban on the supply of high technology products.

It should be noted that supplies of microcircuits and other electronics suitable for use in military and space technology are prohibited in Russia. The supply of microcircuits and electronic components for industrial products and mass-market items is unlimited. This, firstly, practically does not reduce the earnings of large companies from the sale of electronics in Russia. Secondly, the Russian defence industry is deprived of the opportunity to use imported elements in its developments. Thirdly, since the Russian market of electronic components and finished products is occupied by foreign manufacturers, retention of this market makes it possible to restrain the development of Russian manufacturers of electronic components. Such production itself, designed to serve only the needs of the military-industrial complex, is unprofitable and requires constant injections of budgetary funds.

Once upon a time, it was a rule of good form among anti-Sovietists of all stripes to scoff at Soviet electronics. Years passed and the anti-Soviets in this regard have finally started to accept Soviet policies of local production. In reality, the USSR had a powerful radio-electronic industry, which met the internal needs of the USSR for radio-electronic products. Household appliances of Soviet production in terms of level and quality practically did not lag behind the products of firms in capitalist countries. The military-industrial complex was based on the powerful foundation of the general civil industry and supplemented it. The Soviet Union was the only country in the world that used electronic components only of its own production in weapons and military equipment.

In modern Russia, there is practically no production of household electronics. There is, of course, the production of electronics for the military-industrial complex and industry, but an imported electronic component base is often used for production. Despite all the promises of breakthroughs, an industry that is independent of the West and a speedy improvement in advanced production, we are increasingly convinced that the scale of the Soviet radio-electronic industry is unattainable for modern Russia.