Kazakhstan’s former intelligence chief Karim Massimov, who Hunter Biden had described as a ‘close friend,’ was arrested last week and charged with high treason as violent anti-government demonstrations there see more than 160 people killed and nearly 8,000 more injured.
Massimov was arrested on Thursday, his own agency announced over the weekend, toward the end of a week of bloody protests sparked by a virtually overnight spike in fuel prices.
On Wednesday he was fired from his role heading the Kazakhstan National Security Committee by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. He previously served as the country’s prime minister from 2007 to 2012 and again from 2014 to 2016.
A photo unearthed in October 2020 appears to show Joe Biden meeting with Massimov and Kenes Rakishev, his son Hunter’s alleged business partner in Kazakhstan.
Hunter and Massimov reportedly became friendly when the then-vice president’s son served on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma and Massimov was in his second stint as Kazakh prime minister.
The pair met up in Kazakhstan sometime in 2014 to discuss a potential energy deal, emails obtained from Hunter Biden’s laptop reveal. Hunter allegedly skipped out on his Secret Service detail for the private get-together.
It was in 2016 that the president’s son called Massimov a ‘close friend.’
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Source: Daily Mail