UK adds two Russian chipmakers to its growing sanctions listLeigh Mc Gowranon May 9, 2022 at 08:17 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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The UK has added two of Russia’s most prominent chipmakers, Baikal Electronics and MCST, to its sanctions list, which will likely deny them access to ARM architecture as the company is based in the UK.

The UK’s sanction list was updated on 4 May with 63 new entities added, which are now subject to an asset freeze. It is a criminal offence for companies to not comply with the financial sanction legislation.

According to the financial sanctions notice, the purpose of these sanctions are “to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine”.

According to BleepingComputer, Baikal and MCST are considered vital for Russia’s technological independence efforts and their processors could keep vital parts of the Russian IT sector going during shortages.

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Meanwhile, Google has taken further measures against Russia in response to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, as part of sanction “compliance efforts”.

Users in Russia are no longer able to download or update paid apps from the Google Play store. Users can still download free apps and are able to continue accessing paid apps that were previously purchased.

Subscriptions on Google Play will continue until the end of the current billing period, but will not be able to be renewed after this point.

These new measures follow the tech giant’s decision to pause Google Play’s billing system for users in Russia on 10 March due to sanctions. This prevented users from purchasing apps and games, making subscription payments or conducting purchases of digital goods within apps.

After an appeal from the Ukrainian government in February, Google banned Russian state-sponsored news app Russia Today (RT) from its Play store in Ukraine to help curb misinformation around the invasion. Google went on to block apps related to RT and Sputnik from its Play store in Europe.

On 3 March, Google announced that it had stopped selling online advertising in Russia, which applied to ads on Search, YouTube and outside publishing partners.

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