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Kazakhstan’s former intelligence chief Karim Massimov, who Hunter Biden once described as his “close friend,” was arrested on suspicion of high treason.
Kazakh authorities arrested Massimov on Thursday, just one day after being fired from his post as chairman of the Kazakhstan National Security Committee. Massimov’s arrest came amid violent protests, where more than 160 demonstrators have been killed and roughly 8,000 others injured.
According to the Daily Mail, a photo surfaced showing Joe and Hunter Biden meeting with Massimov and Kenes Rakishev, Hunter’s alleged business partner. Records from Hunter Biden’s laptop indicate that he maintained a close business relationship with Massimov during his second turn as Kazakhstan’s prime minister (from 2014-2016). During this time, Hunter Biden served on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
“The pair met up in Kazakhstan sometime in 2014 to discuss a potential energy deal, emails obtained from Hunter Biden’s alleged laptop reveal. Hunter allegedly skipped out on his Secret Service detail for the private get-together,” the outlet reported. “It was in 2016 that the president’s son called Massimov a ‘close friend.'”
An announcement from the security committee said Massimov and several other officials were detained but gave no further details.