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.
Last week, Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei participated in the foreign ministers’ meeting of the Eastern Partnership and Visegrad Group initiative hosted by Warsaw. The Belarusian FM emphasized Belarus' interest in cooperation in the transport sector, which could be due to Belarus’ desire to export electricity surplus after Belarus finished construction of the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets. Minsk expressed concerns about Warsaw’s stance on the Belarusian NPP, as it refused to buy electricity from Belarus and supported Vilnius’ protest on this issue. Following accusations by the Belarusian leadership and the state media against western states, including Poland, of training "nationalist militants", Minsk did not agree on the visit of the European Parliament deputies from Lithuania and Germany to Belarus and to the NPP construction site near Ostrovets in particular. In addition, the Belarusian authorities have stepped up efforts to enforce education in Russian in Polish-language schools in Grodno and Vaukavysk. Should a rift in Belarusian-Polish relations persist, the Belarusian authorities are likely to step up the pressure on the Polish-speaking minority in Belarus.