March 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, register to attend our 20th anniversary jubilee, read our new blog and recent report on loopholes in sanctions and oil tanker traffic, and meet our new board member!

The opening of Crude Accountability in 2003

Crude Accountability is turning 20!

Register for our celebration here!

We are excited to invite you to join us in celebrating a special milestone - our 20th anniversary! For the past two decades, we've been working tirelessly to make a difference for communities impacted by oil and gas development in the Caspian and Black Sea regions and in the United States.

Please join us for a get-together, as we reflect on our journey and look to the future. We'll share stories of the people and communities we've worked with, recognize our partners and supporters, and enjoy the good company of like-minded friends and colleagues.

Holding the Caspian Pipeline Consortium Accountable

While Western governments have worked to cut Russia off at the knees using sanctions since its invasion of Ukraine, several Western energy companies have continued making large profits through loopholes. Our latest blog takes an in-depth look at which companies are still involved with Russia despite its human rights abuses and devastation in Ukraine.

Read the full analysis here.

Welcome, Jennifer Castner!

Crude Accountability welcomes Jennifer Castner to our board!

"The team at Crude does incredibly important, careful, and strategic environmental and human rights work in a part of the world that deserves much more attention. Some of The Altai Project’s conservation, environmental justice, and Indigenous rights programs in Eurasia parallel Crude’s focus areas. At the same time, the two organizations’ strategies and campaign goals take diverse approaches and use different leverage points. As I learn more about CA’s work and methods, I hope that I can offer a new perspective from time to time and I absolutely know there is much to learn from Kate and her incredible team as well as from other board members. Just when we think the world can’t possibly become more challenging, there’s a new wrinkle that requires organizations to be nimble and creative."

Read more about Jennifer's wealth of experience and the rest of our board here.

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.

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