Staff-reshuffles in Belarus’ regions to enhance local governance
President Lukashenko released Nikolay Domashkevich, his assistant and Chief Inspector for the Vitebsk region from office due to retirement.
The president continues to rotate his managerial staff in Minsk and in other region in order to reduce corruption in the state-run economy, increase state control and enhance governance in the regions ahead of the 2015 presidential campaign. In the future, President Lukashenko will continue to reshuffle managers in regions with high corruption levels and low executive discipline.
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.