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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
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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. 
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. 

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