Lukashenko divides spheres of influence between the security forces
After the reform of law enforcement agencies in 2011, President Lukashenko redefines the limits of liability and the effect of various law enforcement agencies. The KGB will retain the right to control the political situation, and will be admitted to the promising economic projects such as building the nuclear power plant and customs control at CES.
President Lukashenko met with the leadership and staff of the State Security Committee on February 14.
After the creation of the Investigative Committee of Belarus in 2012, the powers of the KGB in conducting investigative activities were substantially limited. The domestic impact of this body needs to be overridden, which happened at the board and after it during the press briefing of the Committee representatives.
The KGB has got an informal sanction of the President to the supervision of investment projects, such as the construction of nuclear power plant and control over the movement of goods within the Common Economic Space. Both projects are particularly capital intensive, and therefore important for the Belarusian elites.
Lukashenko gave KGB the sanction to monitor the progress of the parliamentary campaign in 2012. In practical terms this will most likely mean gaining control over the rank and file participants in the process of the KGB (the polling station commission, the executive committees, etc.). Mobilization campaign is also possible - opening the machinations of an external enemy, which is financing a \"fifth column\".
Recall that during the election campaign it is supposed to replace the existing ¾ of Parliament, and the loyalty of government employees (which include teachers - the main participants of election commissions, as well as the line police officers) is somewhat undermined by lower returns (incomes).
The probability of “residency” disclosure of foreign intelligence services during the election campaign is confirmed by the results of panel coverage in the press - parliamentary elections are firmly linked with the increased external threat in the words of the President and the press service of the KGB. We also recall that amendments to the legislation, imposing administrative, and in case of a second violation criminal penalties for receiving funds from foreign citizens or states, were adopted in 2011.
President Lukashenka has met with the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, who visited Minsk and the Minsk Automobile Plant. Minsk has always sought to have independent links with Russian regional elites, partially, to compensate for the Kremlin's diminishing interest in Belarus. In recent years, Belarus’ contacts with the Russian regions have been extremely intense. However, with some leaders of Russian regions, primarily heads of large republics, communication was more difficult to build. As many analysts in Minsk suggested, Minsk could regard contacts between President Lukashenka and the head of Chechnya as an additional communication channel for relieving tension in relations with the Kremlin. However, most likely, a trusting relationship with Kadyrov is a value for Minsk as such, provided Kadyrov’s broad business and political interests, and a high degree of autonomy for the Chechen leader from the Kremlin.