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Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher from Italy. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, studying state-business relations in Kazakhstan. He is also the Business News Editor of the weekly newspaper The Conway Bulletin.

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher from Italy. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, studying state-business relations in Kazakhstan.

Paolo’s work has also been published by The Conway Bulletin, Newsbase’s FSUOGM and Energo, openDemocracyEurasianetMilano 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
August 27, 2019

Web Giants Counter Kazakhstan's Spying Tool

By Paolo Sorbello
US firms are taking measures to ensure that traffic through their browsers is not intercepted by Kazakhstan's authorities.

August 05, 2019

Some Freed, Some Not by Kazakhstan's Justice System

By Paolo Sorbello
In July, Kazakhstan's courts kept several “uncomfortable” people behind bars while releasing a handful of others.
July 02, 2019

Mass Brawl at Kazakh Oil Field Unveils Labor Dissatisfaction

By Paolo Sorbello
Sparked by a selfie, the brawl highlighted malaise over unequal working conditions between local and foreign workers in Kazakhstan.

June 13, 2019

Kazakhstan Turns a Blind Eye to the Opposition Riddle

By Paolo Sorbello
The government’s reaction to election protests obfuscates the diverse nature of civic activism in Kazakhstan.

June 05, 2019

What Is Nazarbayev’s Legacy in Kazakhstan?

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan’s first president resigned, but he remains fundamentally intertwined with the state.

May 07, 2019

Banks in Kazakhstan Give Mergers a Go, Again

By Paolo Sorbello
Three smaller banks in Kazakhstan will decide about a merger this month; meanwhile, large players are poised for changes too.
April 23, 2019

Kazakhstan’s Top Party Picks President, Meanwhile the Youth Debate the Future

By Paolo Sorbello
Two meetings -- of Nur Otan in Nur-Sultan and an assembly of youths in Almaty -- tell a tale of two Kazakhstans.

February 26, 2019

Kazakhstan Appoints a New-Old Government

By Paolo Sorbello
After the abrupt firing of the Kazakh government last week, a new cabinet was immediately approved.

October 29, 2018

Kazakhstan Prepares Roadshows as Privatization Lags Behind

By Paolo Sorbello
Both the schedule and prospects for selling state assets in Kazakhstan seem as unstable as ever.

October 15, 2018

A Tough September for Kazakhstan's Banks

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan's Central Bank stripped Astana Banki's license, while Tsesnabank benefited from a government reshuffle.

October 03, 2018

Some Win, Some Lose as Kazakhstan Gets a $1.1 Billion Check

By Paolo Sorbello
Western companies operating at Karachaganak agreed to pay Kazakhstan $1.1 billion, ending an enduring spat with the government
September 24, 2018

UK Court Slaps Huge Fine on Khrapunov in BTA Case

By Paolo Sorbello
Ilyas Khrapunov is hit with a $500 million fine for allegedly aiding Mukhtar Ablyazov's reported embezzlement.

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