Are Belarus' borders well-protected? TV program Week's experiment


Are Belarus' borders well-protected? TV program Week's experiment

This week, the Belarus President discussed Belarusian border security. Security checkups were held across the country's borders. It is not an easy job to protect more than 3,500 kilometers. The state spends a lot of money on this. Criminals constantly learn new technical tricks. Therefore, improvement and development of the border system is a process that requires persistence. Sudden inspections began again this week. The correspondent of the program Week on the CTV channel decided to see the work of border services with their own eyes.

Stanislav Zas, State Secretary of Security Council of the Republic of Belarus:
Trained people as conventional offenders went out directly on the border. They tried to go out and pass the border checkpoints without having the proper rights and documents. That is, we tested border guards.  

Not everything was as it should be, but the president decided not to hide these results from the public. This is not Alexander Lukashenko's style. This week, he held an open and honest conversation with the chief of border guards.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
The fact that we for the third time at the level of the President coming to this point means, frankly, deep dissatisfaction with the state of individual areas in the State Border Committee activities. Because we are a transit country, the border becomes a very serious thing for us. The question is not whether to thank or punish. Far from it. The issue is to improve border security already tomorrow. I do not doubt that it will be better. Let's speak like men: with or without you (the only question in this), but it will be better. We cannot afford to have such a number of border guards and still experience problems.

Leonid Maltsev, Chairman of the State Border Committee of Belarus:
The President set a task and now we have to analyze, specify how each agency and to what extent should respond. So that we all solve tasks complementing each other.

These checkups are so secret that even our film crew were not allowed to participate in them, so we decided to do a journalistic experiment.   

Yevgeny Pustovoi, CTV:
This is the Belarusian-Ukrainian border area. Given its vulnerability and openness, it was the most difficult section. But because of problems in the neighboring state, weapons, drugs and illegal migrants could get into Belarus. But if you believe the assurances of people from high offices with big stars, now everything is in order: the border is under lock and key. So let's do an experiment. For this we need a GoPro, a small camera, and a bold cameraman. Well, let's go?!

Yevgeny Pustovoi, CTV:
They say that special cameras are in trees and motion sensors are under the feet. But for now we go on unhindered.
We have almost reached the border. Less than a kilometer remains. Working on this topic, I know that this 2m fence is mounted precisely at this distance from the last frontiers of the country. But I was told by border guards that rarely any intruder can cross the border. For now we are still going... No, we are going to be captured now.

At the outpost "Glybotskoe" we were already fifth "intruders". Everyone was watched online and the quality of photos is amazing. Instagram is waiting!

Dmitry Teslya, chief of a frontier post:
We see everything in detail. We are not going to miss even a fly. We saw you about three kilometers away.  

During the years of sovereignty Belarus has significantly upgraded border protection systems. Along the way to the other countries' border is an invisible wall of modern methods of movement detection. But the best monitoring system is the eyes of the local population.     

In the Gomel region alone, there are about 15 volunteer squads helping border guards. They include about 70 people. One of the President's orders was to organize more such squads. 

Dmitry Ukleiko, assistant commander of the Gomel border groups:
Of course the local population must help border guards. And this will determine the security of their families. In the movie "Time has chosen us," the officer asks: "What is Homeland?" The other replies: "This is our women, children and the elderly."