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Paolo Sorbello

I’m a journalist and researcher from Italy, now living in Kazakhstan. I’m the Regional Editor for Greater Central Asia at Global Voices and a freelance journalist and editor for various other publications. I hold a PhD from the University of Glasgow, where I studied labor relations in Kazakhstan’s oil sector.

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Latest posts by Paolo Sorbello

Artists join activists in protest to save a water reservoir in Kazakhstan's capital

A group of contemporary artists and activists joined forces to protest the urban developments at the Malyi Taldykol water reservoir in Kazakhstan's capital city.

Kazakhstan news site receives threats after reigniting a child abuse story

Journalists in Kazakhstan are often under pressure for their work. A harrowing about child abuse is now the target of fresh threats against a news outlet.

New homophobic attacks in Kazakhstan rally support behind activists

Over the course of three months, LGBTQ+ activists were targeted three times by conservative mobs in various cities across Kazakhstan. An artist was bullied online for drawing same-sex kisses.

Small but complex: the unexpected political ramifications of enclaves

Often a source of overlapping spatial and human conflicts, enclaves are a peculiar geographic configuration that put into question sovereignty and identity in several regions of the world.

Devices of journalists, government officials in Kazakhstan hacked and spied on

Journalist Serikzhan Mauletbai found himself on a list of people targeted by Israeli-made spyware the government of Kazakhstan bought. The current president and prime minister are also on the list.

Street art protest in Kazakhstan becomes routine

Since Nazarbayev’s resignation in 2019, new protest movements in Kazakhstan have chosen street art as their preferred tactic. In this case, the target is a public utility hut in Almaty.

Kazakhstan celebrates its leader with two more statues

Nazarbayev's cult of personality in Kazakhstan continues two years after his resignation. For his birthday, the government built two statues, one in Turkistan and one in the capital Nur-Sultan.

Cheap materials raise questions over Kazakhstan's expensive new urban development

A crumbling wall in Turkistan's new flagship construction project reveals the faults of fast-paced development in Kazakhstan's holiest city.

More internet security for many, not for Central Asians

"Apple has clearly been forced to comply with legal regulations in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan."

Pressure on journalists, bloggers mounts ahead of Uzbekistan's presidential elections

A foreign journalist loses accreditation, a pro-LBGT blogger is beaten and another blogger gets a heavy sentence on dubious charges.

Demolition of iconic dragon mosaic in Almaty stirs debate on urban art in Kazakhstan

The dragon, which used to adorn the façade of a Thai restaurant, was a landmark of Almaty’s city center.

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