Tesla has bought aluminum from Russian supplier Rusal since 2020


Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk won global praise for assisting Ukraine as Russia began its brutal invasion. His aerospace company switched on its satellite internet service, Starlink, for use in Ukraine at the request of the country’s digital transformation minister, Mykhailo Fedorov. His electric car company pitched in too, assembling Starlink equipment and Powerwalls, energy storage systems that can power that equipment, to ship to Ukraine.

But Tesla also has supply chain ties to Russia. Elon Musk’s electric vehicle maker has purchased millions of euros worth of aluminum from Rusal, a company founded by sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, according to internal documents obtained…


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