Oil, gas, sanctions. All about energy wars with Russia


"There are oil and gas, and there is another very important story — about money."

The very first response of Western governments to support Ukraine after the start of a full-scale invasion was the introduction of a series of sanctions aimed at denying Russian energy carriers and freezing the elites' assets. More than a year of aggressive hostilities on the territory of our country has passed, and here is what we get in the end from the numerous sanctions packages statement.

1. Fairly moderate restrictions on oil prices and the presence of Western companies in the Russian energy market.

2. No sanctions for the gas purchase!

3. No decisive actions toward the expropriation of the Russian elites' capital.

We invited the British historian and energy researcher Simon Pirani to find out why all three fronts of the West's economic war with Russia turned out to be so weak. 

Listen to his thoughts in the new episode of our podcast.

The "Too lazy to read" podcast is an interview with the authors of the publication "Commons" about their articles, the research that formed the basis of the texts, as well as their academic, journalistic and activist experiences during the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation.

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Podcast host: Alona Liasheva

Cover: Kateryna Gritseva