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Lukashenko: Time to tighten up discipline in Belarusian police a bit

President 11.06.2019 | 14:26

MINSK, 11 June (BelTA) – It is necessary to turn attention to matters of discipline in law enforcement agencies. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement as he appointed Yuri Karayev Internal Affairs Minister on 11 June, BelTA has learned.

The head of state said: “Frankly speaking, it is necessary to shake up police a bit in matters of discipline. What kind of a person do we need for that? A military one. Although you are a comparatively military person, you know police well, too. You've been inside. You've seen these problems. If you don't know something, you can learn.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko said he would like Yuri Karayev to be determined, decisive, rigid to an extent and yet respectful of people. “If someone needs support and even help getting home when drunk, you should help them. If someone deserves rough treatment, they should get it. Everything should be honest and fair,” the president said. “It is your principle of work. Don't forget about discipline. There is one thing I would like to request of you: don't spend all the time in Minsk. Visit police departments in other areas more often. You should definitely visit all the oblast police departments. And police departments in district capitals.”

Speaking about Yuri Karayev's appointment, the head of state noted he had made the decision the day before and there had been no alternative candidates. “I made up my mind a long time ago when I visited your office. I came for a reason back then. I saw that you can be a minister or hold a higher office in the future,” the Belarusian leader said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that such personnel decisions are never spontaneous. “It is understandable that as the president I saw certain trends in personnel changes in law enforcement agencies. Back then I decided that Yuri Khadzhimuratovich [Karayev] can be useful in a specific position,” he added.

The head of state stressed that although Yuri Karayev is a military man in the structure of law enforcement agencies, he is exactly what Belarusian police needs now. Partially because police was stripped of investigation functions in the past. “There is the Investigative Committee for that. What is left for police to do? Combat work virtually every day – public order, fight against bandits in the purview of criminal police, SWAT and riot police, and the military component,” the president said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also mentioned Yuri Karayev's personal qualities: “I don't really like underscoring some national traits but people from Caucasus are special for me. They have a good attitude towards me over there although they may have never seen me. Those are strong people. I keep this factor in mind.”

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