Former Kazakhstan intelligence chief Karim Massimov, identified as a “close friend” of Hunter Biden and pictured in 2015 with then-Vice President Joe Biden, was charged with treason last week as the nation’s government melted down.
According to the Washington Examiner, Massimov was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of treason, one day after he was fired from his government position as chairman of the Kazakhstan National Security Committee.
Kazakhstan has recently experienced violent protests over higher energy prices that have led to thousands of arrests and dozens of deaths.
During the time when Hunter Biden claimed a close relationship with Massimov, he was prime minister of the tiny nation.
Records from Hunter Biden’s laptop confirm the relationship, including a 2014 meeting with Massimov in Kazakhstan to discuss a deal with Burisma, before which, Biden ditched his U.S. Secret Service protection.
A year later, a meeting in Washington, D.C. also took place between Massimov, Hunter Biden, and a Kazakh banker to reportedly discuss business.
“Thank you for an amazing evening, wonderful company and great conversation. I look forward to seeing you soon and to many opportunities to work closely together,” the Kazakh banker, Marc Holtzman, wrote in an email to Hunter after the April 2015 meeting.
Massimov also appeared in a photo with Hunter Biden, then-Vice President Joe Biden, and Kenes Rakishev, another Kazakh banker:
Breaking: this photo appears to have been taken at Cafe Milano showing then VP Joe Biden with two Kazakhstani guests from Hunter’s 2015 dinner to introduce his clients to dad. L-R – oligarch Kenes Rakishev, Hunter, Joe, PM Karim Massimov https://t.co/ywWPhL3T3f pic.twitter.com/WO5xAVOH02
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) May 28, 2021
A Senate report on Hunter Biden’s business dealings showed that Rakishev wired $142,300 to a company owned by Burisma business partner Devon Archer on the same day the vice president met with the Ukrainian prime minister and Ukrainian lawmakers to discuss Russia’s actions in the Crimean Peninsula.
The report questioned the payment’s timing, even though Rakishev said the funds were for a car.
The relationships are murky at best, but at worst they may show some shady actions by both Bidens, Massimov, and others that may require further investigation.