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Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher living in Kazakhstan. He holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow, where he studied industrial relations in Kazakhstan’s oil sector.

Paolo’s work has also been published by Global VoicesThe Conway Bulletin, Newsbase’s FSUOGM and Energo, openDemocracy, Eurasianet, Milano Finanza, and L’Indro.
While his main focus is energy, his writings span across political and business matters. You can follow Paolo on Twitter or connect via LinkedIn
Posts by Paolo Sorbello
January 17, 2023

Kazakhstan’s Media, Journalists Under Pressure

By Paolo Sorbello
An attack on a journalist highlights the difficult environment for the press.

December 28, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Parliament Aims to Take Away Nazarbayev’s Privileges

By Paolo Sorbello
De-Nazarbayevification moves further onward with plans to scrap the law “On the First President” 
December 14, 2022

Infrastructure Failure Tests Kazakhstan’s Government

By Paolo Sorbello
Tokayev threatens to fire the ministers that fail to reach substantial progress in remedying the heating crisis.

November 28, 2022

Kazakhstan’s President Tokayev Calls for the Return of Assets

By Paolo Sorbello
Will the government target all assets spirited abroad or only those owned by specific individuals? 

October 27, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Former Health Minister Accuses ‘Medical Mafia’ of Meddling

By Paolo Sorbello
The trial of the former health minister could shed light on the direction of “New Kazakhstan.” 

October 24, 2022

Kazakhstan Tries New Oil Export Routes

By Paolo Sorbello
This year’s disruptions have made the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) a risky option. 
September 30, 2022

Reliance on Hydrocarbons Still Key for Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Bullish talk about oil and gas at an industry conference has pushed back the country's energy transition plans.

September 15, 2022

Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 

By Paolo Sorbello
Jusan Bank, linked to the country’s former president, will divest from Kcell. 

August 30, 2022

The Fall From Grace of One of Kazakhstan’s Gray Cardinals 

By Paolo Sorbello
Former Majilis speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin seems to have lost power. 

August 05, 2022

Former Russian President Questions Kazakhstan’s Sovereignty 

By Paolo Sorbello
Medvedev has since deleted the social media post and blamed hackers.

July 13, 2022

Kazakhstan Oil Exporters Relieved as Russian Court Lifts Ban on Pipeline  

By Paolo Sorbello
Most of Kazakhstan’s oil exports go through the Caspian Pipeline Consortium, which has been targeted by Russian courts. 
May 13, 2022

The Richest Get Richer in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
According to, Kazakhstan’s top-three wealthiest amassed an additional $2.5 billion in one year.

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