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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
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. 
September 23, 2020

The FinCEN Files Show Suspicious Activities of Kazakhstan’s Former Oligarchs

By Paolo Sorbello
Hundreds of millions of dollars of suspicious origin have transited in and out of Kazakhstan with the help of U.S. banks, an investigation of thousands of leaked documents reveals. 

September 15, 2020

Central Asia’s Refineries Under Scrutiny

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan's anti-monopoly agency fines the Atyrau refinery; Uzbekistan's Fergana refinery becomes loot for investors. 

August 28, 2020

Feminist Festival Kicks Off in Central Asia

By Paolo Sorbello
The third edition of the FemAgora Central Asia festival began with online video conferences this year, as activists find new and original ways to create networks

August 13, 2020

Court Releases Activist in Kazakhstan in High-Profile Case

By Paolo Sorbello
A judge in Kazakhstan handed an activist a 1.5 year suspended sentence after she knocked off the hat of a policeman during a scuffle in June. 
July 06, 2020

Kazakhstan Decriminalizes Defamation, Keeps Hindering Free Media

By Paolo Sorbello
Hailed as a step in the right direction, the decriminalization of defamation is still not enough to relieve pressure from the press. 

June 30, 2020

Courts in Kazakhstan Return Assets to Criminal Group

By Paolo Sorbello
In a surprising move, the Prosecutor obtained the restitution of assets to a criminal group facing corruption charges.

May 30, 2020

Hotel Uzbekistan Privatized to Holding in Singapore

By Paolo Sorbello
Bashan Investment Group owns film production companies in Asia and, now, Tashkent's most recognizable building. 

May 11, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Richest Sell Almaty Airport

By Paolo Sorbello
TAV, a Turkish holding, completed the purchase of Almaty International Airport, Kazakhstan's most active airport.

April 27, 2020

Kazakhstan Wins One Small Legal Battle in the Long War With Stati

By Paolo Sorbello
A landmark High Court decision in London agreed with Kazakhstan's Central Bank, dealing a blow to a Moldovan investor in a long-lasting legal war. 
April 22, 2020

Jobs at Stake in Kazakhstan’s Energy Sector

By Paolo Sorbello
A drop in Brent oil prices and the emergence of cases of COVID-19 at the Tengiz field are poised to slash investment and hammer employment.

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