This week marks the debut of my new energy column for Energy Voice, a website devoted to the global energy industry. My first topic: an interview with former Yukos executive Bruce Misamore about the recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The ECHR ordered Russia to pay $2.5 billion related to the seizure Yukos a decade ago, and Misamore has been involved in the case from the beginning. The judgment is the largest in the court’s history. You can read more here to find out why Misamore doesn’t think it’s nearly enough to make Yukos shareholders whole.
You may be wondering how I came to write a column for a website in Scotland. A few months back, I spoke at an offshore safety conference in Aberdeen, and I met some journalists from the local paper, the Aberdeen Press and Journal. That led to discussions about a regular column, and I was excited about the opportunity to reach an international audience. I had a debut piece ready to go when the ECHR ruling came down. While the Yukos case has generated only moderate coverage in the U.S., it’s been closely followed in Europe, so I suggested we delay the original column and go with this one instead.
And what was the topic of that original column? You’ll have to wait until next month to find out.