Wavell Room – Shipbuilding was one of the worst hit sectors following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The legacy of this industrial disaster for 100,000s of workers and yards across the USSR (including Ukraine) persists to this day. Russian maritime defence articles continue to make comparisons with that lost past. The Russian debate is similar to British naval discourse constantly harking back to the navy that existed during the 1982 Falklands Conflict.
The sector has been under sanctions since 2014. Post the February 2022 invasion, the sanctions regime has become far harsher. This article reviews the impact of sanctions on Russian civilian and naval shipbuilding.