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Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher living in Kazakhstan.

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher living in Kazakhstan. He is also the English-language editor at independent media outlet

Paolo’s work has also been published by openDemocracy, Global Voices, and Natural Gas World. He holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow, where he studied industrial relations in Kazakhstan’s oil sector. You can follow Paolo on Twitter or connect via LinkedIn

Posts by Paolo Sorbello
March 01, 2024

Italian Insurer Buttresses Russian Gas Investment in Uzbekistan

By Paolo Sorbello
A series of investigations links Italy’s state funds with Gazprombank.

February 07, 2024

Kazakhstan Appoints a New Government

By Paolo Sorbello
It’s a timid reshuffling that is unlikely to shake things up.
January 26, 2024

Kazakhstan’s Government Under Fire for Sloppy Earthquake Response

By Paolo Sorbello
The emergency response system did not work properly, top officials said.

June 14, 2023

Cultural Diplomacy as a Key Instrument of China-Central Asia Cooperation

By Paolo Sorbello
An interview with Chinese diplomacy researcher Giulia Sciorati.

March 27, 2023

Hopes for Renewal Disappointed Again in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Political manipulations stripped the people of the choice they were promised in Kazakhstan’s latest parliamentary election.

March 16, 2023

Joyful and Angry: A Feminist Demonstration in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Pressured not to hold a march, feminist groups in Almaty gathered in their hundreds for a rally anyway.
February 28, 2023

Neither Exciting nor Boring: Kazakhstan Prepares for Parliamentary Elections

By Paolo Sorbello
The announced opening up of the political field still fails to leave room for opposition.

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.” 

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