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26 July 2021, 13:47

Lukashenko urges Belarusians to be vigilant against cybercrime

MINSK, 26 July (BelTA) – At the meeting on 26 July, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko asked Prosecutor General Andrei Shved about the state of things with combating crime, with an emphasis on cybercrime, BelTA has learned.

“What is your take on the efforts to combat crime, what should we pay attention to? It is clear that cybercrime is a serious threat today. People should be vigilant. They should not let anyone dupe them into crooked deals. This pertains, first of all, to the elder generation. It is understandable when it happens to young people who are glued to their phones. However, it is odd to see elder people getting on the hook and giving swindlers their savings. One cannot get something for nothing,” the head of state said.

“Nevertheless, it is our duty to protect these people. This is obvious,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also inquired about other concerns of the Prosecutor General's Office. “What is the situation like a year after an attempted blitzkrieg? Will you please share your impressions about it,” the president asked.

The working meeting also touched upon other issues that are on the radar of the president, in particular, the number of criminal cases.

According to Andrei Shved, the crime rate in the country is under control of law enforcement agencies; there are a number of positive trends. In H1 2021, the number of murders dropped by 5%, robberies by 6%, grievous bodily harm by 11%, rape by almost 20%. “In general, the number of victims of criminal offenses has shrunk by nearly 14% year-on-year. We are stepping up our efforts together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other law enforcement agencies. We believe they can start transition to a normal mode of operation, like it was before August last year,” the prosecutor general said.

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