The former head of Kazakhstan’s counterintelligence and anti-terror agency was arrested on charges of treason amid a crackdown on violent protests over gas prices in the former Soviet state that included bringing in 2,500 Russian troops.
The country’s National Security Committee announced the arrest of its former head, Karim Masimov, on Saturday, days after he was removed by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the Associated Press reported.
No details were given about the allegations against Masimov that would constitute an attempted government overthrow. The agency, which replaced the Soviet-era KGB, is responsible for counterintelligence, the border guards service and anti-terror activities.
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Massimov also served two terms as under former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country’s ruler for three decade, who turned over the presidency to Tokayev