Karim Massimov

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Karim Massimov
Кәрім Мәсімов
Karim Masimov.jpg
7th Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
In office
2 April 2014 – 8 September 2016
PresidentNursultan Nazarbayev
Preceded bySerik Akhmetov
Succeeded byBakhytzhan Sagintayev
In office
10 January 2007 – 24 September 2012
PresidentNursultan Nazarbayev
Preceded byDaniyal Akhmetov
Succeeded bySerik Akhmetov
Executive Secretary of the Office of the President
In office
24 September 2012 – 2 April 2014
PresidentNursultan Nazarbayev
Preceded byAslan Musin
Succeeded byNurlan Nigmatulin
13th Chairman National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan
In office
8 September 2016 – present
PresidentKassym-Jomart Tokayev
Personal details
Born (1965-06-15) 15 June 1965 (age 54)
Tselinograd (now Nur-Sultan), Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyNur Otan
Alma materPeoples' Friendship University

Karim Qajymqanuly Massimov (Kazakh: Kárim Qajymqanuly Másimov, [kæɾɪm qɑʑəmqɑˈnʊlə mæsɪmof]; born 15 June 1965)[1] is a Kazakh politician who served as Prime Minister of Kazakhstan from 10 January 2007[2] to 24 September 2012 and again from 2 April 2014 to 8 September 2016.[3]

Massimov served as Deputy Prime Minister from 19 January 2006 to 9 January 2007[4] and as Minister of Economy and Budget Planning, Minister of Transport and Communications in 2001.[5] President Nursultan Äbishuly Nazarbayev nominated Massimov to succeed Daniyal Akhmetov as Prime Minister on 9 January 2007.[1] The Nur Otan party endorsed Massimov's candidacy and Parliament confirmed the nomination on 10 January.

On 24 September 2012, Massimov's premiership ended when President Nazarbayev dismissed him as from the position,[6] appointing him chief of staff of the presidential office in order to readjust the power balance between various factions within the government.[7] Since September 2016, he is has been the incumbent was the head of Kazakhstan's National Security Committee (KNB) of Kazakhstan.

Early life[edit]

Born in Tselinograd (now Nur-Sultan) in Kazakhstan,[1] Karim Massimov graduated from People's Friendship University of Russia, Moscow and then studied in Beijing and at Wuhan University in Hubei, China.[8] Karim Massimov is ethnically Kazakh and is a born citizen of Kazakhstan.[9]

Foreign Policy Experience[edit]


Karim Massimov is considered a China expert.[10] China has become an important strategic partner for Kazakhstan in recent years and the two countries are working closely together to develop Kazakhstan's energy resources. Massimov visited Beijing, China with Finance Minister Natalya Korzhova, Transport and Communications Minister Serik Akhmetov, and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Baktykozha Izmukhambetov from 16–17 November 2006. Massimov co-chaired the third meeting of the China-Kazakhstan Cooperation Committee with Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi. Several accords between agencies of the two governments were signed.[11] Massimov later met with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.[12] Meanwhile, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Liu Qi, secretary of the Beijing Party Committee, in Astana. Secretary Liu said was "very nice for me to visit your beautiful country at Otan's invitation. The goal of the visit is to deepen cooperation and mutual understanding between our countries."[13]


On 28 March 2002 in an article in Izvestia, Massimov announced that the Government of Kazakhstan planned to increase wheat exports to Iran from 100,000 to two million tons.[14]


Massimov with President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev on 5 July 2010
Massimov with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador Ricardo Patiño on 4 July 2014

Massimov and Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres announced from Jerusalem on 29 October 2006 that the state-owned National Innovation Fund of Kazakhstan would begin investing in the Peace Valley project and other projects in the Middle East. Massimov said, "I came to Israel with a clear message to the nation in Zion from the president, that Kazakhstan is a moderate Muslim state which is interested in being involved in the Middle East. Kazakhstan intends to found political and economic ties with Israel and its neighbors." Massimov mentioned the Dead Sea canal and expressed desire to create a free trade zone. Vice Premier Peres and Massimov agreed to establish an agriculture-school in each country. The NIF has given US$10 million to Israeli VC fund Vertex.[15]

Massimov also met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who praised Kazakhstan for showing a "beautiful face of Islam. Contemporary, ever-developing Kazakhstan is a perfect example of both economic development and interethnic accord that should be followed by more Muslim states."[16]

Nomination for Prime Minister[edit]

President Nazarbayev nominated Massimov to succeed Daniyal Akhmetov as Prime Minister on 9 January 2007.[1] Akhmetov resigned on 8 January without explanation. Analysts attributed Akhmetov's political downfall to the President's criticism of his administrative oversight of the economy.[1][17] The Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of the nomination on 10 January with 37 out of 39 Senators and 66 of 77 Assemblymen from the Majilis voting for Massimov. Akhmetov became the Defense Minister, replacing Mukhtar Altynbayev.[18]

Personal characteristics[edit]

Massimov is fluent in Kazakh, Russian, Chinese, English and Arabic.[18] At the same time, he is thought to be well connected within the Kremlin.[19]

Massimov is married and has three kids. His hobbies are books, Muay Thai, skiing, rock climbing[20] and golf.

Martial arts[edit]

Massimov was the President of Federation of Amateur Muaythai of Asia (FAMA) in 2010. The FAMA and the Continental Federation of International Federation of Muaythai Amateurs (IFMA) in Asia is the first Continental Federation since 1991, supporting the work and efforts of the IFMA.[21] He then was nominated and went on to assume the position of Vice President of the IFMA, President of Muaythai federation in Kazakhstan and Vice-President of World Muaythai Council (WMC).[22]

In 2012, Massimov was unanimously re-elected for another four-year term to head the Asian federation, which is recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia.[23] He showed his support for the sport in an interview in which he stated that the sport "brings together athletes from across the world to train and compete with honour and in the spirit of cultural exchange and understanding."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Kazakhstan moves to name new PM United Press International
  2. ^ "Kazakhstan appoints new PM". Television New Zealand. Reuters. 10 January 2007. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  3. ^ Diplomat, Catherine Putz, The. "To Tweet or Not to Tweet: How Did Kazakhstan's PM Lose His Job?". The Diplomat. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  4. ^ Kazakhstan CIA The World Factbook
  5. ^ Kazakh delegation in Uzbekistan to discuss transport, telecommunications UzbekWorld
  6. ^ "Kazakh PM Demoted After Social-Media Blitz". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  7. ^ Gordeyeva, Mariya. "Kazakh PM Karim Masimov resigns: presidential press service". Reuters. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  8. ^ Asia-Pacific - Kazakh PM
  9. ^ Who Will Run Post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan? Diplomat
  10. ^ "Background on Karim Massimov". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  11. ^ China-Kazakh Cooperation Committee Meets Kazakhstan Today
  12. ^ Astana, Beijing Sign Partnership Agreement RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
  13. ^ China, Kazakhstan strengthen ties Kazinform
  14. ^ Kazakhstan to increase wheat exports to Iran
  15. ^ Kazakhstan oil fund to invest millions in Israel Globes
  16. ^ Kazakhs seek stronger ties with Israel Archived 11 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine Jerusalem Post
  17. ^ Oil-rich Kazakhstan's prime minister resigns USA Today
  18. ^ a b Kazakh Parliament approves new Prime Minister RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
  19. ^ Kazakhstan: Massimov May Signal New Reform Priorities
  20. ^ Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Karim Massimov discovers mountain climbing
  21. ^ http://www.ifmamuaythai.org/support-for-ifma/personalities/he-karim-massimov/
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ http://www.ifmamuaythai.org/tag/karim-massimov/

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Preceded by
Daniyal Akhmetov
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
Succeeded by
Serik Akhmetov
Preceded by
Serik Akhmetov
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
Succeeded by
Bakhytzhan Sagintayev