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24.05.2017

Belarus financial police terminate shadow supply chain of sanction products
Belarus financial police terminate shadow supply chain of sanction products A shadow supply chain of sanctioned products was terminated by Belarus’ financial police. Investigations showed that five Belarusian entrepreneurs registered cargos at the customs from the EU. Among the goods were fruits and vegetables which are prohibited to import to Russia. Therefore, 600 vehicles with goods managed to go through the border. Belarusian businessmen got more than BYN 1 million from Russian originators. They were the organizers of the criminal scheme.

04.05.2017

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry responds to protest note on Belarus border violation incident
Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry responds to protest note on Belarus border violation incident The light airplane which flew over Belarus’ border was under control. This was the official response of Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry given on May 3, 2017 to the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Belarus concerning Belarus’ air space border violation which happened two weeks earlier. The official statement says that during the entire flight the plane was under joint control of Belarus’ and Lithuania’s Civil Air Forces and Air Forces and the plane was “importunately returned back to the air space of the Republic of Lithuania”.

26.04.2017

Lithuania investigates into Belarus border violation incident
Lithuania investigates into Belarus border violation incident Lithuania began investigating into the incident of a light airplane violating the Lithuania-Belarus border. Such information was placed on the website of Lithuanian State Border Police. Belarusian army men recorded a violation of Belarus’ airspace on April 19, 2017 at about 2:00 pm. The plane flew eight kilometers into the territory of Belarus, and three minutes on it turned around and left the territory of Belarus. Belarus handed over a protest note to Lithuanian leader of diplomatic mission in Belarus due to a violation of the state border.

21.03.2017

 Belarus State Border Committee: Possible routes of the law violator are being worked out
Belarus State Border Committee: Possible routes of the law violator are being worked out Security measures have been strengthened at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. This is due to the incident at the checkpoint Alexandrovka through which a Jeep tried to break through the day before. Two people have been detained. Nevertheless, according to some other resources, there could have been another person in the car. The search for him continues.

01.03.2017

Russian citizen to be deported from Belarus
Russian citizen to be deported from Belarus on extremist grounds A Russian citizen suspected of extremist activities has been detained in Belarus. The man was stopped when trying to illegally cross the state border of Belarus to Ukraine. The incident occurred on February 14 at the area of ​​the Mozyr border detachment. As it turned out the offender, born in 1991, is a resident of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug of Russia. The young man had already had problems with the law earlier: for a number of crimes, he was several times tried in the Russian Federation.

17.02.2017

New border crossing point opens at Belarusian-Lithuanian border
New border crossing point opens at Belarusian-Lithuanian border Another international crossing point opens on the border with Lithuania on February 17. The border crossing point Losha-Šumskas acquired such a status at 8am today.  Previously, this section of the border had a status of a simplified one and only border inhabitants could cross it.  Now it will be available to everyone, but only when a person is in a car. Trucks and pedestrians will not be let through this checkpoint.  You can carry only goods for personal use through the Losha-Šumskas checkpoint.

29.12.2016

President Lukashenko appoints new deputy prime minister
President Lukashenko appoints new deputy prime minister Alexander Lukashenko on December 29 made a number of personnel decisions. Vasily Zharko was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus. Introducing the candidate, the head of the Presidential Administration Natalia Kochanova noted that Mr Zarko has proved a competent and proactive leader in all areas of professional activity. He has been heading the health system of Belarus for more than 10 years. During this time, the industry carried out reforms that brought Belarusian medicine to the world level.

11.11.2016

Belarusians to visit border area for free from January 2017
Belarusians to visit border area for free from January 2017 Belarusians and foreigners will be able to get to a border area much easier. It is a territory adjacent to the state border and it stretches for 30 kilometers. Thus, Belarusians will be able to visit the border area for free starting from January 1, 2017. To get there, people will need to have an identification document with them. Moreover, pass cards to the border area will be valid for 2 years instead of 1.

17.10.2016

All air mail coming to Belarus now processed at National Airport Minsk
All air mail coming to Belarus now processed at National Airport Minsk All air mail coming to Belarus will now be processed at National airport Minsk. On October 17, a logistics center for international correspondence will open here.  It will use the latest technical solutions, which will significantly reduce the time to send and receive parcels and help immediately identify the address.  The main thing is that customs inspection will also be carried out on the spot.

14.10.2016

Pinsk border guards get equipment worth over 2.5 million euro
Pinsk border guards get equipment worth over 2.5 million euro ATVs, swamp buggies, boats and motor boats worth more than 2.5 million euros were given to Pinsk border guards in Belarus. The new items will be used for the protection of Belarus' borders. The machinery and equipment was given to Belarusian border guards in the framework of the international project, which is funded by the European Union. Thanks to its implementation, infrastructure on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border area has already been modernized.

13.10.2016

EU helps bolster Belarus' Brest region border
EU helps bolster Belarus' Brest region border New machinery and equipment will be handed to the Brest region in order to protect the border. The ceremony will take place in Pinsk on October 13. There will be organized an exhibition of off-road vehicles, swamp buggies, high-speed motor boats and signaling complexes. The capabilities of machinery will be demonstrated on water and land. Patrol boats will inspect the waters of the river Pina.

26.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko wants customs to improve work at clearance checkpoints
Alexander Lukashenko wants customs to improve work at clearance checkpoints President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the State Customs Committee to improve work at customs clearance points. On September 26 this matter was discussed at a meeting of the Head of State with Customs Committee chairman Yuri Senko. Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that he intends to thoroughly analyze the state of affairs in the customs bodies of Belarus.

02.09.2016

Electronic queue on border between Belarus and EU: checkpoint Brest
Electronic queue on border between Belarus and EU: checkpoint Brest The first electronic queue has been commissioned on the border between Belarus and the European Union. The new rules will be in place at the checkpoint Brest. More than 200 cars at the checkpoint Brest in the middle of the working day is a usual thing. About 3,000 cars per day go through this checkpoint connecting Belarus with Poland.

01.09.2016

Electronic queue on Belarus-EU border from September 1, 2016
Electronic queue on Belarus-EU border from September 1, 2016 The first electronic queue has been commissioned on the border between Belarus and the European Union. The new rules will be in place from 1 September at the checkpoint Brest.  Now cars in the waiting area will be registered by the operator and the license plate number of the car and the turn number will be displayed on an electronic screen.  Thus, all the drivers will know who is behind whom. No one can illegally take someone else's place as it earlier happened. 

01.08.2016

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.

27.07.2016

President dissatisfied with work of Belarus State Border Committee
President dissatisfied with work of Belarus State Border Committee The State Border Committee of Belarus should and will work better. On July 26 the President of Belarus, summing up a sudden inspection of border authorities of the country, expressed his dissatisfaction with the state of individual areas. This was the subject of discussion at a meeting with the head of state. Alexander Lukashenko earlier instructed the top management of the Committee to evaluate the work of their institution. The checkup revealed weaknesses in the protection of the state border.

26.07.2016

Belarus President wants better operation from border committee
Belarus President wants better operation from border committee The State Border Committee of Belarus should and will work better. On July 26 the President of Belarus, summing up a sudden inspection of border authorities of the country, expressed his dissatisfaction with the state of individual areas. This was the subject of discussion at a meeting with the head of state. Alexander Lukashenko earlier instructed the top management of the Committee to evaluate the work of their institution. The checkup revealed weaknesses in the protection of the state border.

05.07.2016

Belarus boosts security on borders with Ukraine, Russia
Belarus boosts security on borders with Ukraine, Russia Poland has introduced controls at the borders with EU member states for one month. The measures are related to the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Lithuania.   In addition, on 4 July, Belarus enhanced security measures on the border with neighboring Ukraine and Russia. Such measures are taken to prevent persons who are likely to disturb public order from getting to Poland. This week Warsaw will host a NATO summit. In August, Krakow will host the World Youth Days. 

28.06.2016

Domachevo checkpoint to be temporarily closed to traffic
Domachevo checkpoint to be temporarily closed to traffic Belarus plans to temporarily close the checkpoint Domachevo on the border with Poland to vehicular traffic. This is due to a bad state of the bridge across the Western Bug.  Repairs will soon start at the site. It will take about three months. The movement will be limited not earlier than 24 hours after the notification of the Polish side. The nearest alternative border crossings are Kozlovichi and Varshavsky Most.

31.05.2016

Automatic control of transit goods in 4 Belarusian checkpoints from June 1
Automatic control of transit goods at 4 Belarusian checkpoints to begin June 1 Belarusian customs has introduced contactless automatic release of transit goods. This means that a computer, not an official, will control trucks. The experiment began in November 2015 at the checkpoint Bruzgi-2. The contactless system reduced the queues and saved time, because about 4,500 trucks undergo customs clearance every day. 

30.05.2016

How are future border guards trained in Belarus' Brest?
Svaryn - the most modern border post in Belarus Let's move from the center of the country to its border areas. There is a reason for that because on May 28 Belarus celebrated Border Guards Day. Our correspondent visited the most modern outpost on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border together with the head of the State Border Committee. Mathematics, geography and literature. At first glance, everything is like in a regular classroom, but after classes, these students take part in drills, shooting exercises and study border service history and even etiquette. This is how these keepers of borders are brought up.

01.04.2016

Alexei Begun, head of the Department of Citizenship and Migration at the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus improving migration control after recent attacks, refugee crisis Today our guest at "Simple Questions" is head of the Department of Citizenship and Migration at the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Belarus Alexei Begun. Good evening, Mr Begun! Good evening!
Belarusians need more safety, President Lukashenko says
Belarusians need more safety, President Lukashenko says Seasonal load on the western border has no effect on the quality of the work of customs and border structures. The President of Belarus heard out a report of the State Secretary of the Security Council. The officials discussed the situation on Belarus' borders, in particular, the queues in the Lithuanian direction. It was decided to strengthen the work of the relevant crossing points.

11.03.2016

a Belarusian-Polish customs station
Traffic capacity of Belarusian-Polish customs stations to increase by half The traffic capacity of the Belarusian-Polish customs stations will increase by half. It became possible thanks to the advanced technologies implemented in the process of the vehicle and freight customs clearance on both sides of the Belarusian-Polish border. The issue was raised at the meeting of the Belarusian and Polish customs authorities in the checkpoint Bruzgi situated in the Grodno region.

17.02.2016

Belarus, Russia developing infrared camera
Belarus, Russia developing infrared camera Scientific modernization within the Union State of Belarus and Russia continues. Belarusian developers, together with colleagues from Russia, continue to work on the program "Union State Infrared Camera." For several years, they have produced optoelectronic systems that convert thermal radiation from various objects into an image on the screen. Thus it is possible to identify attempts to transport illicit substances at the border.

14.01.2016

Alexander Lukashenko approves decision on Belarus' border protection in 2016
Alexander Lukashenko approves decision on Belarus' border protection in 2016 A group of independent experts will be set up on behalf of the President to work in the border area. Its main task is to study the effectiveness of structures on the state borders. The matter pertains to talking about fees, permits, tariff and non-tariff regulation. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stressed that such a measure is necessary to protect the domestic market. The procedure for the approval by the president of resolutions for the protection of the state border of Belarus is a very important annual event.
Belarus President instructs to examine effectiveness of economic interests protection on the border
Belarus President instructs to examine effectiveness of economic interests protection on the border A group of independent experts will be set up on behalf of the President to work in the border area. Experts will examine the effectiveness of structures on the state borders. The matter pertains to fees, permits, tariff and non-tariff regulation. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that such a measure is necessary to protect the domestic market. This was the main issue under consideration today, January 14, at a meeting of the head of state to approve the decision on the protection of the state border by the border service. This is an annual procedure. This time it takes place against the backdr

23.12.2015

New crossing point Peschatka opens on Belarusian-Polish border
New crossing point Peschatka opens on Belarusian-Polish border A new crossing point, Peschatka, has opened on the Belarusian-Polish border. It has an international status. The capacity of the facility has more than doubled.  All this is thanks to the cutting-edge technologies helping deal with persons, goods and vehicles without paper documents. Special equipment registers vehicles' license plates. The project was implemented as part of cross-border cooperation between Belarus and the European Union.  
New border crossing point Peschatka to open at Belarusian-Polish border December 23
New border crossing point Peschatka to open at Belarusian-Polish border December 23 The latest technology and engineering controls. Today, December 23, the new crossing point Peschatka will open on the Belarusian-Polish border. Representatives of the Customs and Border Committee of Belarus and the European Commission will get familiar with modern technical means of control and dog services.  There will be demonstrated a new automated system of admission of persons, goods and vehicles, which main feature is the absence of necessity to issue paper vouchers. 

22.12.2015

Illegal migration channel revealed on Belarusian-Lithuanian border
Illegal migration channel revealed on Belarusian-Lithuanian border The largest channel of illegal migration has been revealed and stopped at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border. An international criminal group tried to organize an illegal path from Moscow to the European Union. Interestingly, the scheme also involved women. However, they will answer before the law on an equal basis with men.
Michal Chabros: Poland not facing threat of refugee influx
Michal Chabros: Poland not facing threat of refugee influx Poland is unlikely to face an influx of refugees from the Middle East. This problem is more relevant to Western Europe, who are more economically developed, such as Germany or Sweden, said December 22 charge d'affaires of Poland in Belarus Michal Chabros. On this basis, Poland is not expecting for a surge of illegal migration on the Belarusian-Polish border.

20.12.2015

Grodno customs gets giant x-ray cargo screening system
Grodno customs gets giant x-ray cargo screening system A reliable barrier against smuggling. New equipment has appeared at the checkpoint Bruzgi in Belarus' Gomel region. The five-meter X-ray system meets all international radiation standards. During the inspection, all information is displayed on monitors. Just a few minutes - and the contents of the heavy truck are on the screen. Special X-rays shine through the vehicle.

17.12.2015

Vladimir Bazanov, deputy chairman of the Standing Committee on National Security of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus, Ukraine to resolve border issues with help of border plenipotentiaries Belarus and Ukraine will solve problems at the border with the help of special border plenipotentiaries. The length of the common borders is more than a thousand kilometers. Now Belarus and Ukraine are working on the demarcation of the border. This process does not directly affect security at the site. Engineering structures are built not on the line of the state border. Depending on the specific area they may be located hundreds of meters away. 
Belarusian MPs consider border plenipotentiaries agreement
Belarus' labor migration attractiveness increasing The Belarusian budget for 2016 is now being considered by Belarusian MPs. The draft law on the national budget for 2016 entered the House of Representatives yesterday. The discussion is scheduled for the afternoon. 

29.11.2015

Leonid Maltsev, Chairman of the State Border Committee of Belarus
Belarus open for international anti-terrorism cooperation Leonid Maltsev, the chairman of the State Border Committee, assures that Belarus is open for the cooperation with those who are not indifferent to the problem of international terrorism. Recently, the topic of security has become the central one on the continent. That’s why it’s necessary to develop joint programs of Belarus with the EU and international organizations.

15.11.2015

Belarusian, Russian armed forces set for new cooperation plan
Belarusian, Russian armed forces set for new cooperation plan On November 13, President Alexander Lukashenko approved a new plan specifying the cooperation of Belarusian-Russian armies from 2016. According to the Belarusian head of state, the security issue should be considered in terms of relations in the post-Soviet space where three major integration associations such as the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Union State of Belarus and Russia exist. It’s indispensable to take into consideration the situation in neighboring countries as well.

08.10.2015

Belarus detains 550 trespassers of border with EU since January 2015
Belarus detains 550 trespassers of border with EU since January 2015 Since early 2015, Belarus has arrested 550 violators of border with the EU. The State Border Committee of Belarus notes that the main burden falls on the Baltic region, where the number of curbed violation attempts soared almost 2.5 times.  The majority of violators are migrants from Vietnam, Georgia and Afghanistan. Also, representatives of India, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria increasingly often try to cross the Belarus-EU border illegally. The border with Latvia is of particular interest among violators too. 

27.09.2015

Tajik family in Belarus
How does Belarus cope with influx of refugees? A wave of migrants from the Middle East has not touched Belarus but our country is also hosting refugees. The majority of them come from Ukraine and other places of the FSU.  This Chechen woman with three children and a disabled husband has been living at the Brest railway station for a week. She several times "storms" the border with the European Union. Lisa Osmalova:We live at the station, we spend nights and eat. And every morning we buy return tickets.

23.09.2015

New Belarus-Lithuania border checkpoint Zabolot opened
New Belarus-Lithuania border checkpoint Zabolot opened On September 23, a new border checkpoint Zabolot was opened on the Belarusian-Lithuanian border. Lida’s border guards are in charge of a new border checkpoint complex. Video surveillance systems, interactive maps, satellite navigation, and the information online. Today, a duty officer at a border guard post looks more like a high quality software engineer. Monitors, interactive maps, means of communications, and modern software allow monitoring the border-line in real time.
Belarus, Ukraine begin demarcation work in Brest region
Belarus, Ukraine begin demarcation work in Brest region Work on the demarcation of the Belarusian-Ukrainian border began in the Brest region of Belarus. Prior to the demarcation the two countries agreed on everything and determined the boundary line on the ground. At the stage of construction and installation work, both states must clear up to 5 kilometers of territory from each side. After that border pillars will be set up here. For the first time the sides will test a new way to mark the state border - Belarus and Ukraine will set up a single boundary marker. By the way, it will reduce the costs by almost 30%.

16.09.2015

Bruzgi customs checkpoint begins large-scale modernization
Bruzgi customs checkpoint begins large-scale modernization Simpler border crossing, but a more reliable barrier to smuggling. The customs checkpoint "Bruzgi" has launched a large-scale modernization. Plans include introduction of an electronic queue, more traffic lanes and the construction of a modern logistics center.  Truck driver from Vitebsk Dmitry Sochnev was planning to spend several hours at the Belarusian-Polish border. But in reality the procedures took less time than expected.

08.09.2015

Volunteers helping guards protect Belarus' state border
Volunteers helping guards protect Belarus' state border Belarusians are now able to participate in the protection of state borders with professional border guards. This is provided for by a new Presidential Decree. Volunteers have the right to check documents and inspect transportation within the border zone and beyond. Residents of the border village Adelsk Piotr Eysmont works at the border post almost every day. Piotr has been helping border guards for over 30 years.

20.08.2015

Belarus reinforcing border with Ukraine
Belarus reinforcing border with Ukraine Belarus is reinforcing its southern borders. Against the backdrop of new alarming news from the southeast of Ukraine, Belarus is taking special care about the strength of the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. Demarcation works have been underway since November 2013, when the first border sign was installed.

18.08.2015

Belarus needs to strengthen the southern borders, said August 18 Belarus' President hearing out reports from Acting Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislav Zas and Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus needs to strengthen southern borders Belarus needs to strengthen the southern borders, said August 18 Belarus' President hearing out reports from Acting Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislav Zas and Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov. The head of state was informed about the situation in the Armed Forces, as well as ways to optimize the army. Alexander Lukashenko wondered whether all is done according to the parameters that had been identified at the recent meeting of the Security Council. Including in terms of the creation of new types of weapons.

24.07.2015

Belarus enacts new version of state border law
Belarus enacts new version of state border law The new version of the law on the state border came in force in Belarus. The main changes affected border zones. In particular, at the entrance to it is necessarily necessary to have a passport or other identity document. Representatives of children under 14 years must present a birth certificate.  Unattended vehicles left in the border zone (outside settlements) will be evacuated. The new law prohibits to abandon vehicles without notifying the frontier service. 

29.06.2015

Belarus' President discusses situation at Ukrainian border with KBG chief
Belarus' President discusses situation at Ukrainian border with KBG chief On June 29, the Head of State met with Chairman of the Committee of State Security (KGB) Valery Vakulchik. The overall situation in the country is stable, and there are no threats that would require immediate actions. However, the meeting officials raised the question of national security, environment and the situation in the country and on its borders.

28.05.2015

Belarus celebrates Border Guards Day On May 28, wreaths and flowers from representatives of border services of Belarus were laid in Minsk at the monument in Victory Square. Belarus is celebrating Border Guards Day. The soldiers in green caps guard about two thousand kilometers of the state border. During WWII, they were the first to resist the might of the enemy. Belarus' borders are considered among the safest and most protected in the world.

28.04.2015

Alexander Lukashenko discusses cooperation with China with head of State Security Council
Alexander Lukashenko discusses cooperation with China with head of State Security Council The holding of the military parade and readiness of law enforcement agencies to ensure public order during the celebration of Victory Day on April 27 became the key topics of the meeting of the President and the Secretary of State of the Security Council. The President was also interested in how Belarusian military is training to take part in the Victory Day parade in Moscow.

19.01.2015

Alexander Lukashenko approves decision on protection of Belarus' state border in 2015 The President of Belarus approved on January 19 a decision on the protection of the state border of Belarus in 2015. This is a traditional annual procedure. The President stressed that border security is among the most important issues of Belarus' public policy. Alexander Lukashenko asked the officials at the meeting to what extent the negative tendencies in neighboring countries, which have manifested themselves in recent years along the Belarusian border, are taken into account in the draft document.

17.12.2014

Belarus changes tax, criminal codes, law on mass media The draft law on the national budget for 2015 has been adopted by Belarusian MPs in the second reading.  Traditionally, the main financial document of the country retains social orientation. It aims to reduce external debt and increase the salaries of state employees.  In 2015, the country expects to earn more than Br156 trillion.