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About Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher focusing on Central Asia. Follow him on twitter @PaoloBottleneck.

Articles by Paolo Sorbello

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

A new tale of migrant struggles in Moscow puts poverty, motherhood and hope on screen

This Russian-Kazakh film explores how people who migrate to Russia are often subject to forces far greater than themselves.

Central Asia, the Panama Papers and the myth of the periphery

Far from operating in isolation, Central Asia’s elites have been quietly accumulating power with the help of western tax havens. 

Concreting over the Silk Highway

The ‘Silk Highway’ will connect Western Europe with China, no matter what the locals think.



Kazakhstan and the EEU: the rise of Eurasian scepticism

As in Europe, scepticism towards regional integration is on the rise in Kazakhstan. And just like the Old Continent, Astana is learning to play this to its advantage…


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