MINSK, 30 October (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has introduced newly appointed Internal Affairs Minister Ivan Kubrakov and Chief of the Minsk City Police Department Mikhail Grib to the staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, BelTA has learned.
“We have here the leadership of the law enforcement agencies. The stability in the country and well-being of our people depend on how efficiently they are working today," the head of state said. “I am glad to introduce the new Minister of Internal Affairs and the head of the Minsk police department to you. I would also like to use this opportunity to thank the former leaders who will continue to serve Belarus and the people.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko recalled that Ivan Kubrakov started as a policeman/police car driver at one of police offices in Minsk and rose through the ranks to become Chief of the Minsk City Police Department. He communicated a lot with people when he worked as a local police officer; he led the Zaslavl District Police Department, the Vitebsk Oblast Police Department. “The good management of the work and smart distribution of resources helped ensure security and safety of Minsk residents and visitors, including participants of unauthorized events,” the president noted.
The head of state explained that about a dozen candidates were considered to the ministerial post. "Now we have a new generation of representatives of the law enforcement worthy to hold high state positions," the president noted. He expressed confidence that Ivan Kubrakov will be able to pass on his experience and knowledge of the situation in Minsk to the new head of the police department of the Minsk city administration Mikhail Grib.
"He served as the public security chief of in the same department, knows it well, has proven himself well. However, he will need all the support and assistance. You know that I made a decision to send him from a warm cozy Minsk to Vitebsk Oblast. I have never heard anyone criticizing his work or calling him unprofessional,” he said.
The president said that Yuri Karayev is a person committed to the state and people. He helped reorganize and strengthen combat readiness of the internal troops and law enforcement agencies. The president added that Yuri Karayev has fully accomplished all the tasks related to public security and order in the country. The president also praised him for the ability to analyze the situation in a comprehensive way.
“He is committed to the interests of the state, takes a responsible approach to solving tasks, heeds to the opinion of specialists. He has never withdrawn from solving problems, and has never been afraid of taking responsibility. He is a well-organized and hardworking person,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
According to the head of state, Aleksandr Barsukov is a visual example of how executive personnel is trained in the country, going up from a policeman, an investigator, a head of the Minsk Main Internal Affairs Department to Deputy Internal Affairs Minister. "Thanks to your work, the internal affairs bodies has the situation in the country under control, are able to prevent it from aggravating and protect the security and safety of the society and every citizen,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The president presented general shoulder straps: lieutenant general shoulder straps to Ivan Kubrakov, Yuri Karayev and Aleksandr Barsukov and major general shoulder straps to Mikhail Grib.