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Where are Russia’s barrels of oil going?

By Steven Mufson

11 May 2022 · 7 min read

Despite the European Union's drastic measures to wind down imports of Russian oil, Moscow still has plenty of buyers - and at prices steep enough to keep government revenue high and its coffers flush.

Before the war with Ukraine, Russia sold about half of its 7.85 million barrels a day of crude and refined oil to Europe. But with the war and the E.U.'s vow to abruptly end its reliance on Russian oil and gas, the Kremlin has been benefiting from high world prices while looking for new customers and reorienting its export strategy toward Asia.

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