A complete blackout of Russia: how sanctions make life difficult for the aggressor

Russia will shortly face a complete blackout of the energy industry as a consequence of sanctions. The heating season in the Russian Federation will never be the same again

The term "blackout" has several meanings. In the energy sector, blackout happens when as a result of system accidents there is a mass disconnection of consumers from the supply of electricity and natural gas.

And if the blackout of the Russian media has been going on for more than twenty years, then it will come in the near future in the energy sector.

The reasons include sanctions against Russia and the suspension of the supply of components for the relevant equipment.

Maksym Bielawski

Leading Expert, Energy Programmes

Born in 1986 in Zhytomyr oblast


Zhytomyr State Technological University (2008)

Ph.D in Technical Science (2010)

Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas (2012)

Author of 17 patents and 100 scientific works

Work Experience:

2008 – 2011 — Operator of Gas Infrastructure Units, Controller of Gas Transmission System in Rivne Division of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2011 – 2017 — Leading Engineer, Deputy Head of Press-Service, Head of Public Relation Department of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2017 – 2018 — HR Director of PJSC "Maine Gas Pipelines of Ukraine", Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine

2021 — Director of Integrated Communications of NJSC "Naftogaz of Ukraine"