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Russia denies buying illegal technology

  |   Oct. 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM
MOSCOW, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Companies blacklisted by the United States for allegedly exporting restricted microchips and other components did not send any to Russia, a high official said.

Dmitry Rogozin, the deputy prime minister, made the statement after U.S. authorities charged 11 people with illegally exporting products of advanced technology to Russia's military and intelligence agencies, RIA Novosti reported.

On Thursday, the U.S. Commerce Department blacklisted 165 foreign companies and individuals for conducting similar activities.

"None of them supplied anything to us," Rogozin said.

Russia is creating its own "microelectronics base," he said.

Special restrictions are imposed on blacklisted companies and people seeking to get a license to export designated items from the United States. Typically, those licenses are never granted.

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