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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
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.

April 26, 2022

Kazakhstani Banks Eye the Spoils of Sanctioned Russian Subsidiaries

By Paolo Sorbello
Russian banks operating in Kazakhstan were thriving before the war. Now CenterCredit has bought Alfa-Bank’s assets in Kazakhstan.
March 31, 2022

The Jobless of Zhanaozen Are Still Demanding Justice in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello and Almas Kaisar
Worker disputes and demands for fair employment policies have continued since the violence of 2011. 

March 28, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Oil Meets a Caspian Chokepoint

By Paolo Sorbello
Much of the oil produced in Kazakhstan transits through a pipeline across Russia, which now has shrunk output for a variety of reasons.

March 17, 2022

As the War Continues, Ukraine Is on Kazakhstan’s Mind

By Paolo Sorbello
Ukrainian flags dotted many recent rallies in Almaty -- about issues as varied as pollution and International Women’s Day -- as people in Kazakhstan call for peace.

February 25, 2022

Amid Anti-Corruption Drive, Tokayev Faces Questions About Offshore Wealth

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan's President Tokayev is vocal against corruption, but faces tough questions after new leaks.
February 18, 2022

Veteran Opposition Figure Resurfaces in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Could Bulat Abilov re-enter politics?

January 12, 2022

Kazakhstan’s New Cabinet Features Many of the Same Ministers

By Paolo Sorbello
There was no radical change in the composition of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s team.

January 07, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Leadership Shows Internal Cracks in Attempts to Restore Public Safety

By Paolo Sorbello
As CSTO troops start their operations in Almaty, the president seems to be losing authority.

November 30, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Poet, Political Dissident Aron Atabek Dies

By Paolo Sorbello
Atabek had served 15 years in prison and died just weeks after his release.

November 19, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Power Shortages: Crypto Miners and Geopolitics

By Paolo Sorbello
Data centers caused a spike in electricity demand, while the country is still dependent on coal.
October 29, 2021

Kazakh Fintech Giant to Buy Ukrainian Bank

By Paolo Sorbello
Kaspi plans an expansion into Ukraine, friendly elite provide a banking license.

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