Resources in Crimea

This map, published in Eurasian Geography and Economics, depicts oil and gas resources claimed by Russia after the annexation of Crimea.

My base data is from Natural Earth and the resource data is from the author of the article. I compiled the data in ArcMap and stylized the map in Adobe Illustrator.


This article analyzes official Russian government narratives for the annexation of Crimea and connects these narratives of identity and territory to the energy implications and narratives of Black Sea resources and the recent 30-year gas agreement with China. We argue that the events of Crimea’s annexation in the “west” signal a Russian shift “eastward." With the occurrence of the Euromaidan protest movement and Ukraine’s president, fleeing from power, a pro-European Union government came to power in Kyiv. The Russian government reacted by deploying unmarked troops to support the holding of a secessionist referendum for the peninsula’s population. The Russian government incorporated Crimea by engaging in a sophisticated effort, through nonmilitary and military means, to promulgate narratives justifying Russia’s annexation of Crimea...(see more)