Kazakhstan arrests ex-security chief as it presses crackdown on protests

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By Olzhas Auyezov and Tamara Vaal ALMATY (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s former intelligence chief has been arrested on suspicion of treason, the state security agency said on Saturday, as the former Soviet republic cracks down on a wave of unrest and starts to assign blame. The detention of Karim Massimov was announced by the National Security Committee which he himself headed until he was fired by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Wednesday as violent protests swept across the Central Asian nation. Tokayev’s office said he had told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call that the situatio…

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