On November 14, 2023, Karim Massimov, the former chief of Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee (KNB), faced new charges of money laundering and bribery.

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Massimov had served as the chairman of the KNB, an intelligence agency established to replace the Soviet-era KGB in independent Kazakhstan, from 2016 until his dismissal on January 5, 2022, during violent unrest. Following his dismissal, he was arrested on charges of high treason, attempting a coup, and abuse of power.

A pre-trial investigation against Massimov commenced on January 13, 2022, with the trial classified as ‘top secret.’ After a classified trial, the specialized interdistrict Criminal Court of Astana sentenced Massimov to 18 years of imprisonment on April 24, 2023, with property confiscation and a lifetime deprivation of the right to hold positions in public service.

Massimov, who served twice as prime minister (2007-2012, 2014-2016) and held key positions, including head of the presidential administration (2012-2014), now faces additional legal challenges.