(PresidentialWire.com)- In the wake of violent unrest in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, former Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov has been detained on suspicion of treason.
Massimov, who up until two weeks ago was the chairman of the Kazakhstan National Security Committee, also just happens to be tied to the Biden family.
Yes, Karim Massimov is one of Hunter Biden’s “business associates” who once met with Joe Biden.
Last year the New York Post’s Miranda Devine broke the news that then-Vice President Joe Biden joined his son and some “business associates” from Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan at a private room in the swank Café Milano in Washington DC on April 16, 2015. Among those “business associates” were Karim Massimov and Kazakh oligarch Kenes Rakishev.
Also present at this dinner were Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, the late mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov. It was Baturina who wired $3.5 million to Hunter’s Rosemont Seneca company in February 2014. Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi also attended the Café Milano meeting. The following day, he emailed Hunter to thank him for introducing him to Vice President Biden.
A photo, which first surfaced in 2019 on the Kazakhstani Initiative on Asset Recovery website, shows Joe and his son Hunter posing with Massimov and Rakishev at what is believed to be the Café Milano meeting.
According to the UK Daily Mail, Kenes Rakishev enlisted Hunter Biden to act as a go-between in his US business dealings. In addition to the meeting at Café Milano, Rakishev and Massimov met frequently with Hunter.
In 2014, Hunter met with Massimov in Kazakhstan when he was seeking an energy deal with the then-Kazakh Prime Minister. Hunter met with Massimov again in 2015 at the Willard Hotel in Washington.
In a 2016 email, Hunter referred to Massimov as his “close friend.”
Massimov was fired as protests in Kazakhstan turned violent last week. Later, the Kazakhstan National Security Committee announced that Massimov, along with several other officials were detained on suspicion of treason, no further details were provided.
Massimov and Rakishev are close allies of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who controlled Kazakhstan from 1991 until 2019. Though he relinquished office two years ago, Nazarbayev has remained instrumental in the Kazakh government.
After the protests turned violent last week and both the presidential residence and the mayor’s office in the city of Almaty were torched, Kazakhstan’s current President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced that Nazarbayev was leaving his post as the head of the Kazakh Security Council.