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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
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September 30, 2022

Reliance on Hydrocarbons Still Key for Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Bullish talk about oil and gas at an industry conference has pushed back the country's energy transition plans.
September 15, 2022

Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 

By Paolo Sorbello
Jusan Bank, linked to the country’s former president, will divest from Kcell. 

August 30, 2022

The Fall From Grace of One of Kazakhstan’s Gray Cardinals 

By Paolo Sorbello
Former Majilis speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin seems to have lost power. 

August 05, 2022

Former Russian President Questions Kazakhstan’s Sovereignty 

By Paolo Sorbello
Medvedev has since deleted the social media post and blamed hackers.

July 13, 2022

Kazakhstan Oil Exporters Relieved as Russian Court Lifts Ban on Pipeline  

By Paolo Sorbello
Most of Kazakhstan’s oil exports go through the Caspian Pipeline Consortium, which has been targeted by Russian courts. 
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?

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