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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
June 01, 2021

Kazakh President Sets Ambitious Goals for Renewables

By Paolo Sorbello
The question for the future development of renewable energy sources is whether the goals are, in fact, too ambitious. 

May 17, 2021

Centerra Seeks Arbitration Over Kyrgyz Gold Mine

By Paolo Sorbello
After “meritless” tax and environmental claims and a new law threatening the ownership of the mine, the Canadian investor has escalated the dispute. 
March 31, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Sovereign Fund Changes Boss

By Paolo Sorbello
A new head of Samruk-Kazyna could bring about changes in governance and personnel. 

March 09, 2021

Feminist Activists Take to the Streets in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Hundreds of activists and sympathizers took part in a march for women’s rights in Almaty. 

March 01, 2021

After Pipeline Explosion, Russia Resumes Gas Exports to Kazakhstan 

By Paolo Sorbello
An explosion at a Soviet-era pipeline near the border between Russia and Kazakhstan shows just how intertwined the energy sectors of these countries are.

February 18, 2021

Oil Company OMV Petrom Leaves Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Another investor has left Kazakhstan, highlighting the worsening business climate. 
February 01, 2021

The Illusions of Post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Despite his resignation from the presidency in March 2019, Nursultan Nazarbayev’s shadow lies heavily across the “new” leadership. The January parliamentary elections confirmed the paradox.

December 15, 2020

Election Campaign Kicks Off Slow in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
After some initial commotion in the political environment, the parliamentary race folded back into a roll-call of loyalists. 

November 25, 2020

Banking Consolidation Continues in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
A bank close to Nazarbayev buys a competitor, while smaller lenders continue to fall. 

November 17, 2020

One Thousand and One Responses to Borat

By Paolo Sorbello
Offensive, racist, only-for-Americans, funny, and even a diplomatic case. The second Borat movie stirred a wide range of controversies in Kazakhstan and worldwide.  

October 19, 2020

Italian Policemen Sentenced for Kidnapping Kazakh Ex-Banker’s Family

By Paolo Sorbello
Italian police staged a special operation to detain and repatriate the wife and daughter of Mukhtar Ablyazov in 2013. Now seven of those involved were sentenced. 
October 16, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Fintech Group Lists in the London Stock Exchange

By Paolo Sorbello
The group that owns Kazakhstan's third-largest bank sold around $1 billion in shares in the London Stock Exchange. 

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