Can Russia Make Up For Lost Time?

With foreign help, its chip industry tries to regain strength

From the rubble left by the collapse of Communism, Russia's scientific elite once dreamed of building a semiconductor partnership with the U.S. Given access to long-banned Western tools and knowhow, the optimists envisioned Russia's capitalizing on generations of Kremlin-groomed research to become the next South Korea. Instead, years of travail--starting even before the Soviet Union's breakup--reduced the Russian industry to a shadow of its former self.

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