Lukashenko attempts to improve discipline in regional security forces
President Lukashenko has dismissed the Gomel Region KGB Head “for the improper performance of official duties”, and Chief of Police at Brest Regional Executive Committee “for misconduct, defaming an official’s rank”. Being under the influence of the events in Ukraine, Lukashenko is raising the requirements for the security forces’ management and personnel. Both dismissals have meant to improve the discipline and to combat corruption in the security forces in the regions. President Lukashenko will enhance control over power agencies to reduce corruption and to increase manageability in the regions.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.