Video On Demand

Sanctions and Russia's Defense Industry

April 14, 2023 • 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT

This event examines the overall impact of Western sanctions and allied export regulations on Russia’s defense sector to date, as well as the Kremlin’s ability to overcome them. The panelists will discuss the findings of an upcoming CSIS report dedicated to this topic. The report analyzes Russia’s supply and production of the core weapons and systems that make up its war machine, including tanks, missiles, uncrewed aerial vehicles, aircraft, and electronic warfare systems. It also looks at the key foreign components, restricted by the allied export control measures, needed to produce high-end Russian defense technology, such as optical systems, bearings, machine tools, engines, and microchips. Finally, it examines the Kremlin’s efforts to mitigate the ramifications of the international sanctions regime through methods such as import substitution and sanctions-evasion techniques.

Moderated by Max Bergmann, this panel will feature Maria Snegovaya and Paul Schwartz from CSIS, along with Samuel Bendett from the Center for Naval Analyses.

Please join us for this online-only event on Friday, April 14, 2023 from 2:00-3:30 PM EDT. 

This event was funded by the Russia Strategic Initiative, U.S. European Command. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Defense or the United States government.

Contact Information

Max Bergmann
Director, Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program and Stuart Center
Paul N. Schwartz
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program