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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  or connect via 
Posts by Paolo Sorbello
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.
October 16, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Light Rail Corruption Case Drags on

By Paolo Sorbello
The capital’s light rail might never be built, and the corrupt officials that stole public funds might never be convicted.

September 27, 2021

Open Secrets: Expose Reveals a Kazakh Top Manager’s Business Network

By Paolo Sorbello
Public domain research by Radio Azattyq showed the extent of Kairat Sharipbayev’s private interests.

September 15, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Cryptocurrency Mining Grows Despite Emissions Worries

By Paolo Sorbello
The increased energy demand could be met by a long-awaited nuclear power plant. 

June 01, 2021

Kazakh President Sets Ambitious Goals for Renewables

By Paolo Sorbello
The question for the future development of renewable energy sources is whether the goals are, in fact, too ambitious. 

May 17, 2021

Centerra Seeks Arbitration Over Kyrgyz Gold Mine

By Paolo Sorbello
After “meritless” tax and environmental claims and a new law threatening the ownership of the mine, the Canadian investor has escalated the dispute. 
March 31, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Sovereign Fund Changes Boss

By Paolo Sorbello
A new head of Samruk-Kazyna could bring about changes in governance and personnel. 

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