In terms of organising civil disturbances, former Chief of the NSC Karim Masimov is, undoubtedly, a much more skilled professional than Kayrat Satybaldy and Samat Abish. Such is the conclusion we have made based on some highly classified information received from our insiders.
In contrast to Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and those responsible for proving the guilt of the former NSC Chief and his henchmen, ex-leaders of the Kazakh secret service Nartay Dutbayev and Alnur Musayev believe that the case against Karim Masimov is unjustified and contrived.
Moreover, we have absolutely no doubts that the resonant accusations of one of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s closest allies have been fabricated in order to solve three crucial problems faced by Nursultan Nazarbayev’s successor.
First of all, to take the blame for the January tragedy off Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s shoulders. Second, to switch the public discontent onto another statesman. And, third, to take the person posing a threat (a real or a potential one) to the Kazakh President off the front stage.
In view of this, we do realise that the information that we disclose in this publication works to Akorda’s and Tokayev’s advantage. Nonetheless, we consider it our duty to do so in the name of objectivity.
First, let is quote a ten-year old publication released on the Russian Compromat.ru and titled “Nazarbayev to Masimov: “Deal with It. Dot the I’s And Cross the T’s.”
“Karim Masimov’s romance with the secret service began when he was still in middle school. His first autobiography dated December 1981 when Karim Masimov was in 10th grade was written according to all the rulebook of the “invisible front” – “was not involved, was not a member…” (file PM BLUE FOLDER KGB_1-characteristics.pdf
The secret service’s interest in young Masimov was of a technical nature. Our hero was a student at the Almaty school of physics and mathematics. Back in those years, the USSR secret services shadowed such educational establishments because they were in need of skilled technicians. It is not clear why they chose Masimov, but it was he whom the Kazakh KGB sent to study at the USSR Higher Red Banner KGB School. At the department of technologies. However, this kind of “auxiliary” specialisation did not satisfy our hero. It looks like he wanted to be a holder of the real sword and dagger.
In the fall of 1984, student Masimov requests a transfer to the department of counterintelligence. This was not a training group for “technical support” but a real spy school. Instead, however, our hero was sent… to serve in the military.
The thing is that it was impossible to get transferred from the department of technologies to any other department based on formal grounds. One had to apply anew (de-facto, after the fourth year of studying). Cadet Masimov makes his choice and goes to serve in the army. Albeit not with his automatic gun tilted forward. He is doing military service at a special unit engaged in wiretapping.
The next turn of events was completely unexpected. In the spring of 1985, having left the military service, Karim Masimov is indeed accepted as a first-grader. But not at the KGB school. He chooses a civilian’s profession and enters the Patris Lumumba Peoples’ Friendship University (PLPFU).
Basically, such a head-turning somersault in the “trainee’s” biography can be explained by two different reasons. Either our hero had simply gotten disappointed in the profession of the sward and dagger and decided to quit. Or, instead of counterintelligence, our hero had chosen its antithesis.
If we allow for the second possibility, it becomes clear why they needed to sent him to the military – this way, they could explain Masimov’s relatively late college admission in the mid-1980s when everyone except for the students of the starry Phystech, Baumanka, MEPHI and the MSU department of mechanics and math served in the military.
Apart from that, the “disappointment” scenario is in a serious contradiction with the later events of the “trainee’s” life. His spy career had been just beginning.
In 1985, our hero is admitted to the elite department of economics and law of the PLPFU where he studies English and Arabic. In three years’ time, Masimov’s life takes yet another drastic turn. In 1988, he leaves for China – to complete his studies.
Basically, it reflects the shift in the Soviet political priorities of the time – from the Middle East to the Far East. Of course, it is not at all clear in what way it concerned student Masimov.
In China, Masimov had spent three years – at the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute and at the Wuhan University. In 1991, he received a real Chinese diploma. However, the young professional had had no chance to apply his skills. The country whose interests he was getting ready to protect had ceased to exist”.
Now, let us point out that everything written about is true. It can be confirmed via the documents of the former KGB of the Kazakh SSR inherited by the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan and, therefore, available to its staff (let alone the top officers).
However, it is by no means the whole truth.
According to our insiders in the corridors of power, Karim Masimov’s decision to leave the department of technologies of the Higher School of the KGB had nothing to do with his own desire to transfer to the counterintelligence department. It had to do with the offer to participate in the highly classified special KGB program launched in preparation for the war with the People’s Republic of China.
As part of the said special program, they were planning to form combat groups consisting of Chinese citizens of the Kazakh, Uighur and Tungan origin on the territory of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and use them later to disorganise the rearward of the Chinese troops.
For this reason, instead of the counterintelligence department, Karim Masimov went to the military service - to study how to be an infiltrator.
Upon completing his studies, he did not return to the Higher School of the KGB but entered the Peoples’ Friendship University. There, according to our insiders, he studied not Arabic but Chinese (and English).
Then, it all began rolling smoothly. Upon completing three years of the PLPFU studies, in 1988, Karim Masimov went to China where, after studying in two higher education establishments, he mastered the Chinese language and got ready to carry out the task for which he had altered his fate so drastically.
However, by that time, the Soviet Union had already been falling to pieces and, soon, collapsed completely. So, the future two-times Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Chief of the NSC RK had to start anew. Alongside the rest of the former USSR citizens.
And since the aforementioned special program launched in preparation for the war with China was carried out by the KGB central apparatus (and was highly classified), the related information got buried in the Moscow archives. It looks like even those who then recruited Karim Masimov as a secret agent had never learned with whom they were actually dealing.
Therefore, in terms of organising civil disturbances, Karim Masimov is, undoubtedly, a much more skilled professional than Kayrat Satybaldy and Samat Abish who used to held the posts of the Deputy Chief of the NSC and the First Deputy Chief of the NSC, respectively.
Even though it is these two nephews of Nursultan Nazarbayev who are now being accused of allegedly using the Islamic radical groups they control to make the peaceful protest a forceful and even an armed conflict with the authorities.
Concluding this article, we would like to underscore that this is by no means the last secret of Masimov’s life – he has got plenty. May be even more than any other person from the First President’s immediate circle (with exception of Nursultan Nazarbayev himself).
So, if we learn something new, for instance, information on where his family’s assets are hidden (by KZ.expert‘s estimates, their amount surpasses a billion dollars), or on his ties with China, or on his secret agreements to the benefit of the Elbasy and his own, we will absolutely make it public.