February 2023

Welcome to Caspian Voices, Crude Accountability's monthly newsletter for scholars, policy-makers, and civil society members with hard-to-find information from the Caspian and the Black Sea regions from the communities impacted by oil and gas development.

In this newsletter, learn about local communities in Siberia and Tajikistan working to combat environmental change, and read our new report and recent blog on oil tanker traffic, sanctions, and more!

Altai Mountains, Siberia. Picture © Adobe Stock

New report: The Maritime Shipping Industry

After Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Western countries have worked to weaken its military capabilities through sanctions aimed at damaging its energy sector. 

Oligarchs and other bad actors in Russia, Europe, and around the world are able to take advantage of the opacity of the marine shipping industry to continue profiting, despite the war and sanctions.

Using publicly available data, we tracked oil tanker activity in several of Russia’s ports in the Black Sea: Novorossiysk, Taman, and Temryuk.

Read The Maritime Shipping Industry report here.

Interview with Yana Tannagesheva

We interviewed Shor activist Yana Tannagasehva as part of our ongoing Climate Justice project. Tune into our conversation about the socio-ecological issues facing the Shor people in Russia and Yana's policy recommendations to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Watch the interview here.

Interview with Timur Idrisov

Timur Idrisov, of Tajik NGO Маленькая Земля (Little Earth), spoke with us about working with local communities, empowerment, and building a more sustainable future with renewable energy.

Watch the full conversation here.

Sanctions, Oligarchs, and Pipelines

As part of the National Endowment for Democracy's "Year in Review" on Countering Kleptocracy, Kate Watters' recent article on the limitations of sanctions was featured.

Read about how the failures of sanctions are enabling Putin's war in Ukraine here.

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