Russian Sanctions Retaliation Escalates: Dumps Intel/AMD And Now Foreign Cars

Tyler Durden's picture

Ignoring for one second yesterday disastrous air crash in Ukraine, the 'boomerang' of sanctions continues to be thrown back and forth between the US and Russia. Having restricted Russian firm's access to USD funding, Putin has come out swinging. His first act was to demand that state departments and state-run companies will no longer purchase PCs built around Intel or AMD processors (which might explain AMD's slashing their outlook); but now he has hit out at the heart of what has made America great (in the eyes of some) - banning the use of foreign cars for officials in favour of home-produced cars.



As Engadget reported recently,

Russia's policy on Western technology is clear: The country can live without it, especially if key issues like economic sanctions, NSA spying and GPS cooperation aren't resolved to its leader's satisfaction. It looks like this tough stance extends to US-designed computer chips too, as a Russian business newspaper is reporting that state departments and state-run companies will no longer purchase PCs built around Intel or AMD processors. Instead, starting in 2015, the government will order up to one million devices annually based on the "Baikal" processor, which is manufactured by a domestic company called T-Platforms. An interesting twist, however, is that the Baikal processor is actually based on an ARM (Cortex-A57) design, which means the East / West divorce isn't quite as complete as it might sound. It could also mean that many Russian bureaucrats won't get the chance to be a Mac or a PC: they'll have to use some sort of ARM-compatible, presumably Linux-based operating system instead.

And now Putin has gone after the auto sector... (via Reuters)

Top Russian officials may soon forfeit the sleek black Mercedes limousines that speed them through the Kremlin gates in favour of home-produced cars as part of a push to protect domestic industry threatened by Western sanctions over Ukraine.


Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he had signed an order limiting purchase of imported cars for state and municipal officials - a move in line with Vladimir Putin's bid to increase self-reliance from engineering to defence, but carrying more symbolic than commercial importance.




To address the concerns, domestic producers Sollers , Kamaz and GAZ have been asked to design a car for government officials by the end of the year under a project known as "Cortege".


"We have drafted a resolution that bans the state and municipal purchase of certain types of foreign-made equipment and vehicles, notably such conspicuous issues as the purchase of vehicles for officials," the government's website quoted Medvedev as telling deputy ministers at a meeting on Monday.

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As Putin recently opined, the boomerangs are coming home...

“The US is certainly one of the world’s leaders. At some point it seemed that it was the only leader and a uni-polar system was in place. Today it appears that is not the case. Everything in the world is interdependent and once you try to punish someone, in the end you will cut off your nose to spite your face,” he said.

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90's Child's picture

I blame the Jews.

Fuku Ben's picture

I blame the Palestinians

Pladizow's picture

I blame dumb fucks: see above commenters!

ACP's picture

This "retaliation" sounds about as effective as 0bombya's "enhanced" sanctions.

Jack Napier's picture

I blame Putin for being such a badass. Some leaders lead. Some bleed. In the US we just bleat.

MeMadMax's picture

This isn't new for russia. 


They used to make cheap intel knockoffs or their own chips years ago.


China stopped buying US chips back in 2012 and they are building their own ARM based chip as well...

Bananamerican's picture

Leave it to the "commies" to unplug from the Matrix 1st...

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

That, surely, would be to their eternal credit?

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Sorry, accidental double post - GCHQ having a look perthaps?

bbq on whitehouse lawn's picture

Im waiting to see who will blame China.

MsCreant's picture

Do dumbfucks have their own organization now? Or are they covered by the ACLU?

Bananamerican's picture

Easy Ms...remember, true ZH sarc often comes without a sarc tag...

0b1knob's picture

"Linux based operating system..."

Open source without the one thousand and one back doors built into MightGrowSoft OS.   Smart move on the Russkies part.

MFL8240's picture

Not fair to blame the Jews, you need to blame the Jews who have run the Federal Reserve, the Treasury and the banking cartel.  That is where the target needs to be for all people.  The Jewish people as a whole are wonderful hard working and honest people.

Omen IV's picture

long before the Jews came into the power structure in the mid 60's - the same game was being played since the spanish american war - after which  - the central american proving grounds perfected the systems for covert operations

read: The Banana Man - a Ukranian Jew based in New Orleans who went after the Banana business of United Fruit and then merged with them  -  he then gave personal instruction to John Foster Dulles and his Brother on covert operations which they adopted when they were the Board of United Fruit - the first Jew on a major Brahman Wasp Board

conscious being's picture

Just to complete the tail / expose the Hydra, Papa Bush was running UF.  Ethnic cleansing in places like Guatemala to make way fir moar bananas.

Rootin' for Putin's picture

Oh please, everyone has blamed the jews for thousands of years.  That cant be coincidence.  They should learn to stop pissing people off.

barre-de-rire's picture

just see how they react to get the truth.... when israel send missiles, 500 deads, 200 childs.... when palestine send rocket,.... only 1 dead.

the land military attac ksince 2 days is just because of the 1 civilian dead on isreal...


lead to thinking they think theyr are 500 times better than their neightbours... i dont see why we talk about this... just let them kill each others like arabs over this futur nuke target part of the world.

this is how this will finish, as soon their land while have no more ressources to offer....


look africa, seriously... you think those people would be allowed to move all around the world if their land was empty of ressources ..? come'on...

TheSecondLaw's picture

I worked in Israel for some time years ago and the racism I encountered there towards any person who was "non-Jewish" was frightening.  Israelis don't dislike... they hate.  One has to appreciate the irony of a people who present themselves to the world as the eternally persecuted, subjecting another people to an concentration/extermination camp as is Gaza. You reap what you sow. 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

As my Jewish and Israeli friends have pointed out long ago, an intelligent and rational mind can and will differentiate between Judaism (as a faith and culture), and Global Zionism (as a political and quasi-secular ideology).  They are overlapping but different worldviews.

Even in "Zionism" there are two basic forms:  the National Zionism (homeland for Jewish people), and Global/International Zionism.  The latter has visions and ambitions to rule the world, via a hierarchy of leveraged controls, that encompass all places and avenues of power, wealth and influence.  The thing is that most of Judaism has been hijacked by Global Zionism.

For these reasons, I prefer to use technically-correct language, and refer to Global Zionists as the malaise that has infected most of sociopolitical leadership in North America and to a slightly lesser extent in the EU.  Sloppy use of the incorrect term (too broad a paint brush) leads to nonproductive talks that only serve the Zionists:  "See, unless you stick with us, they will always persecute you".  It's a perfect tool to get the Jews to "circle the wagons", by periodically introducing contrived external threats.

p.s. If you think about it (and I've said this before), what is even more troubling, is how OUR (Western, "Christian") leadership in Church and State have failed their populace, by freely handing over the reigns of power and influence to an invasive culture that never truly assimilated.  The true blame (and consequences!) lies squarely at the feet of our weak, short-sighted and treasonous leaders:  Whereas the "Jews" at least look after their own, and you don't see Jews fighting/killing Jews (outside the boardroom), our fake Christian leaders have been acting like whores (Shabbos Goy) for the last 2-3 centuries.  If we're honest about it.

matrix2012's picture

Thanks Kirk for the brief clarification! I use your concise exposition to explains to the many sheep I'm linked to about their differences.

Hopefully all sane ZH readers who read your post will use the precisely correct term in their references from now on!!!


ps: i keep a special note of this ref so i won't ever miss it :-)

F0ster's picture

I agree many of my closest trusted friends and work colleagues are Jewish. However there is an insidious network of very VERY bad self serving Jews who by colluding for ultimate self preservation leading to domination have gone way WAY too far. Time for the good Jews to break some bread with their bad relatives at the breakfast table and enlighten them to the global damage their doing to the tribe and us loly Gentiles.

ParaZite's picture

If we are going to blame someone, let's look to the real culprits!

Jumbotron's picture

One thing to understand about the ARM CPU IP.  It's just that.  IP.  You can license the IP and build your very own CPU which utilizes the ARM IP.  You can search that IP and scrub it anyway you wish if there is some danger of backdoors.

Qualcom does this with their Krait CPU.  It's homegrown...but it uses the ARM IP as a base and then they add and subtract their own features.  But it's still compatible with the ARM ecosystem.

This will hurt AMD but it's going to bite Intel REALLY bad.  They are already under the gun since the world is moving to ARM as the new paradigm of computing platform......think iGadgets, wearable tech, the Internet of Things, phones, tablets, in car entertainment....the list goes on and on.

Intel is being marginalized in a way they have never seen before.  Now comes ARM into the server space and even desktop supercomputing.  Part of it is energy savings.  A LARGE part of it is the ARM IP which you can customize to meet your very narrow needs instead of buying a large, monolithic and power hungry CPU like Intel or AMD.

And Putin knows this. comes you boomarang.

Moccasin's picture

I love it! ARM IP is just what I have been looking for! Thank you for the insight.

Jumbotron's picture

Here's the amazing thing about ARM.  SO....these British engineers were trying to make their own CPU back in the 80's for the Acorn computer.  One night....they were tweaking the setting on the CPU trying to get it down to the lowest level of voltage needed for stable computing.  They kept lowering the voltage down to the point they were getting skeptical about whether or not it would do a compute cycle at all.  So....they were going to leave and they pulled the power from their test motherboard.  And then they noticed on their scope that the thing was still computing...full compute cycles.....on just the residual power left in the the capacitors on the motherboard itself even though main power had been pulled.  And it did so for several minutes until the capacitors finally drained away.

Here's some more info if you are interested.



THX 1178's picture

currency wars become trade wars become hot wars

Fuku Ben's picture

Don't remind me. I'm feeling enough heat already from this hot nukular reactor right around the corner

chunga's picture

If you're really right around the corner from a hot nukular reactor you should get away from there right away.

BigJim's picture

Neutrons. It's what's for dinner.

buzzsaw99's picture

lame. i was hoping for a trade war with china.

BlindMonkey's picture

They can attack each other with paper airplanes made out of the useless Letters of Credit.

Yen Cross's picture

   Cheap Imports, come from Mexico and Central America.

   Insurance is expensive though. The premiums on: rape, theft, extortion, are skyrocketing...


  Kinda like 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

buzzsaw99's picture

broke dick immigrants come from Mexico and Central America.


fixed it. ;)

Yen Cross's picture

     Ouch! Need moar .gov Viagra.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Since the average citizen of most develope countries has more in common with each other than they do with their leaders, I wish all of these politicians and bankers, etc would just get into a ring somewhere, throw them some medieval gladiator type weapons, and let them hash it out amongst themselves without dragging the rest of us into this mess.

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Nice idea,  but in a world inhabited by humans the dumbasses send their children into the ring because they believe the bullshit about slow-motion eagles and flags.

It's our brains,   we can't do anything about the bullshit our brains believe and create. 

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Ya I know. John Kerry is the most infuriating to watch. I've seen his testimony before congress about 'how can you ask someone to be the last one to for for a mistake' talking about how fucked up it is to keep sending draftees over to Vietnam to kill or get killed after we've already announced our intentions to withdraw over the course of a couple years. To hear him promote out foreign policy which does the exact same thing blows my mind. It wasn't cool when it was him getting sent off to get shot at, but since it's someone else I guess it's ok. And not one single person will ever call him out or question him on it.

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Banning foreign cars?    This guy isn't much of a chess player.   Cars are BLING.   NOTHING is more important than bling.    

Dude,  EPIC fail.   

ACP's picture

They'll find a way to get around any restrictions. Not one of these corrupt Russian politicians wants to put one of their fancy blue lights on a shitty Russian car.

Urban Redneck's picture

Yeah but is the Russian government buying any .gov motors UAW crap cars right now?

The car thing would seem to be more directed at Frau Ferkel and her continued fetish for bending over for Barry...

ACP's picture

Here's the kicker...neither German nor American cars are the biggest foreign brand.

After the Russian Lada POS, the biggest sellers are Renault, Kia and Hyundai.

But the corrupt Russian politicos all own BMWs and Mercedes, and will most likely not give them up.

demoses's picture

Once Germany joins Brics the cars will follow :)

barre-de-rire's picture

i want to see your dodge or cadillac when -50° celcius , see how your brand manage to run into such frozenshithole.


Falling Down's picture

GM is al-...


Er, nevermind...

Peter Pan's picture

I thought you were going to say that GM has already recalled sales made to Russia.