Alexander Lukashenko meets with KGB chief Valery Vakulchik
The topic of external security was one of the main issues at the meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with the head of the KGB Valery Vakulchik.
The difficult situation in the world forces Belarusian authorities to return to this topic again and again.
The KGB head presented his assessment of the current events abroad, which, he said, affect the situation inside the country.
Minsk hosts 10th CSTO Military Committee session
Joint training of skilled specialists for the organization of air defense. The CSTO Military Committee gathers in Minsk for the 10th time. Maintenance of security and delivery of collective air forces are among the topical issues. Furthermore, it was decided that the training of man power will be held in military academies of Belarus and Russia. Subsidiary organs, which deal with communications and technical support, will also be established.
CIS countries are potential targets of attacks
The terrorist situation is not improving, and all the CIS countries are potential targets of attacks. This opinion was voiced at a meeting of heads of security and intelligence services of members of the Commonwealth of Independent States in Moscow.
Belarus was represented by the chairman of the KGB, Valery Vakulchik.
The Russian president met with the heads of delegations.
How efficient is video surveillance system in Belarus?
Video surveillance is becoming a key instrument of law enforcement. In Britain, the task of learning to see all cars on track on a real-time basis is set. It means up to 35 million license plates per day. China’s state video surveillance program is called Skynet. The government is planning to observe the “key public facilities” all over the country by 2020. In Munich, Germany, the amount of criminal cases was halved due to introduction of video monitoring at the main railway station.
How video surveillance systems work in the world and in Belarus
To get closer to Singapore, London or Monaco is a normal desire for Belarus. But this week, Belarusian officials talked about the desire to organize a video surveillance system in the country. This should be a unified monitoring system for safety and financial savings. This was discussed at a meeting with President Lukashenko on Monday. Yevgeny Gorin reports.
A recording from surveillance cameras in Copenhagen helped trace the terrorist already on the next day after he arranged the attack.
Igor Shunevich: Public security monitoring system is a necessity for every civilized society
A public security monitoring system will be established in Belarus. It was decided at the Presidential meeting on March 27, 2017.
Currently, Belarus has a fragmented system of video monitoring,
which is subject to different agencies and organizations.
This makes control more difficult.
A unified system would significantly automate the processes and increase efficiency.
President Lukashenko: Ukrainian scenario will not work in Belarus
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made a working trip to the Grodno region on 24 March. One of the topics he touched on were the possible protests scheduled for March 25.
Belarus will not allow riots according to the Ukrainian scenario. The situation in the country is stable and under control.
Belarusian investigators reveal White Legion's plans for March 25 protest
Investigators have found a whole arsenal of arms in houses of the activists of the organizations White Legion and Young Front. Machine guns, grenades, axes, symbols of the Azov battalion - this is an incomplete list of what was seized. A criminal investigation was opened against them for the preparation for participation in riots. Just before this news release, it became known that one of the suspects pointed a weapon stash.
Belarus President: We are able to maintain peace and tranquility in our country
Belarus is able to keep peace and tranquility of its citizens, said March 23 Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting on public security March 23. The head of state ordered all government agencies to maintain law and order in strict accordance with the Constitution. Any deviation from the law, as the President said, will not be tolerated.
Sky is without gunpowder above the heads of Belarusians and underfoot are clean sidewalks and roads. Around are well-groomed streets and avenues. Ahead is a clear prospect.
Security in shopping malls: do they need metal detectors and weapons?
The trial on a high-profile case of massacre in a Minsk shopping mall began on February 20th. A 17-year-old resident of Minsk attacked people using a chainsaw and an ax. One woman died and two were injured. The accused Vladislav Kazakevich pleaded guilty. But he doesn’t repent for his actions. However, there is another question. How do security staff work at malls and in other crowded places?
This trial was awaited not only by the parents of the victims and not only for asking such questions.
Expert Mikhail Delyagin on relations between Russia and Belarus
There can't be long-standing idyll even in relationships between relatives. But, following Bulgakov's metaphors, it is better not to set fire to the communal apartment in which Belarus and Russia live, advises Russian economist, journalist and politician Mikhail Delyagin. Author of the TV program Simple Questions Yegor Khrustalev made an interview with the expert.
What are the opinions in the Russian society about relations between Russia and Belarus?
Unified video monitoring system to appear in Belarus
A unified video monitoring system may appear in Belarus. The President of Belarus and the Minister of the Interior discussed it last week. This trend is an integral part of public securityin many countries.
Nowadays, this highly intelligent system helps not only to detect and to prevent crimes, but also to conduct research in sociology and road management.
Many people use the Minsk metro every day. Nevertheless, cameras monitor safety. If suddenly you have some troubles and you are in the sight of cameras, staff will help you in a few minutes.
Training center of Institute of Belarusian Border Service opens in Smorgon
The training center of the Institute of the Belarusian border service was opened in Smorgon. It was the final point of a EU-UNDP project on decision of the problems with migration and protection of human rights.
More than 700 victims of trafficking received psychological and legal assistance in Belarus over the last three years.
The budget of this project was $2 million.
Moreover, a significant part of this project was financed by the European Union.
President Lukashenko urges to optimize Interior Ministry
Alexander Lukashenko has heard out a report from the Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Shunevich on the 24th of January.
The President emphasized that the funds saved thanks to state apparatus optimization will remain on the accounts of the ministry. During the meeting, the Minister of Internal Affairs reported on the performance of law enforcement bodies in 2016 and the plan of organizational and practical events aimed at raising the efficiency of the Interior Ministry.
Belarus celebrates New Year 2017 (video)
Belarus has met New Year 2017 with bright shows and lots of fun. Tens of thousands of people participated in mass of New Year festivities across the country, with magnificent fireworks, greetings and music. Minsk became one big festive area that night.
Carousels for children, singing, dancing, and even fireworks. The entertainment program was very diverse in Minsk, with about 30 sites hosting some events.
Wet weather did not scare anyone. Both adults and little children had something to entertain themselves with. Even the elderly danced and sang songs.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will never threaten neighbors
Another year of the 3rd millennium passes into history. The year was complicated, bright and eventful.
For some people 2016 was a sad and sorrowful year because of the loss of a family member or a friend, some people might have failed to achieve their goals. Others had to deal with family or professional issues. But I am convinced that 2016 was a joyful and happy year for the majority of people.
Our Children New Year charity campaign in Belarus in full swing
Attention to children and safety during public festivals were the main topics of the meeting of the Belarus President on the eve of New Year celebrations. Alexander Lukashenko asked in detail how preparation for upcoming events is going across Belarus.
The campaign Our Children, which has already become a tradition for Belarusians, has also been discussed.
These days, the Belarus President is preparing the New Year's address to the Belarusian people. What will it be and what main words of the head of state Belarusians will hear on TV?
Belarus President: Security during winter holidays vital
The topic of security during New Year and Christmas days is one of the major ones in Belarus. In this connection, President Alexander Lukashenko instructed state agencies to pay special attention to the safety of Belarusians during the New Year and Christmas holidays.
Peace and tranquility need to be preserved in Belarus at any cost.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Belarus KGB Chairman Valery Vakulchik
On October 25, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko met with Chairman of the State Security Committee. Valery Vakulchik reported to the President on the work of the department in the areas of national security, protection of economic interests, international cooperation, including in the field of counter-terrorism activities. The officials also discussed the current situation in Belarus and the issues that are under the President's control.
Safety on streets and at home: Are Belarusians prepared for emergencies?
The world has become more dangerous, or it seems like it due to mass media. We listen to the information presented by mass media on radio in our cars, we keep up with latest news with the help of computers and smartphones. All this banners, screens, sometimes a neighbor or a friend share a piece of news or two. Usually this news is really disturbing. Even without a maniac with a saw, we hear a lot of scary news about terrorist attacks, missing planes, about floods, earthquakes, and fires that destroy cities and towns. The list is endless.
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.
CSTO Collective Security Council in Yerevan: What issues will be raised?
Yerevan is preparing to host the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The heads of countries participating in the military-political alliance are going to discuss a collective security strategy until 2025. A serious discussion is planned on the measures to combat terrorism. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will also take part in the summit. The head of state will announce key security priorities for all alliance members.
700 residential buildings in Minsk equipped with video surveillance
Let's imagine: you go to work and your purse is suddenly snatched. A suspicious man comes into your house and takes something valuable. Or you suddenly notice scratches on your car door in the courtyard. These situations are not pleasant at all, especially if the suspect is never found.
Luckily, today, fewer and fewer such situations happen in Minsk, thanks to the fact that almost 700 residential buildings are equipped with video surveillance.
Belarus' new Military Doctrine comes into force
The new Military Doctrine of Belarus came into force July 26. The document is based on the analysis and results of the expert assessment of the military-political situation in Belarus and around the world.
There is now a new classification of armed conflicts in the document. It also describes the conditions under which an armed confrontation within the country may occur.
The doctrine takes into account such forms of hidden threats as hybrid warfare and color revolutions.
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.
Emergencies Ministry of Belarus develops its own life-saving equipment
Belarusian rescuers have almost completely stopped the purchase of imported equipment. The Emergencies Ministry, together with Russian scientists and manufacturers, have developed a whole range of necessary equipment.
In 2016, prototypes of high-altitude equipment on MAZ chassis have been put into operation, while prior to this, the Emergencies Ministry used mostly imported samples. Firefighters trunks, clothing, protective suits - all this is now mostly Belarusian.
Alexander Lukashenko disturbed by developments around Belarus
Belarus has no problems from the point of view of terrorist activity. July 18, Chairman of the Committee of State Security Valery Vakulchik reported to the President on the current situation in the country. The meeting addressed issues of countering terrorism.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Secretary of Security Council of Belarus
The President of Belarus has met with the State Secretary of the Security Council of our country. Currently, all institutions that provide security in Belarus, are working smoothly.
Recently, Belarus has held a check of border troops. The President asked how the situation was going in other departments. Also, during the meeting, the sides discussed the optimization of the Armed Forces.
President Lukashenko: People appreciate peace and tranquility in Belarus
Belarusians appreciate the peace and tranquility in the country, said Head of State Alexander Lukashenko on July 5 at a ceremony to honor the graduates of higher military educational institutions and high-ranking officers. The President also presented the general's shoulder straps to some law enforcement agencies officers.
The ceremony is traditionally timed to in the main state holiday - Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus.
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.
5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary
The 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly opened in Minsk June 22. This is the most democratic way of democracy. Journalists pick different epithets and comparisons for the forum. But the Belarus President explains it simply and clearly. He speaks about the purpose of the meeting itself and the people taking part in it.
Minsk police to boost security measures during All-Belarusian People's Congress
During the days of the All-Belarusian People's Congress, on June 22-23, Minsk police will tighten security.
Security near official event venues will be boosted. Engineer combat groups will examine all the buildings where the events will take place.
Great attention will be paid to road safety. Routes of bus columns transporting delegates have already been agreed. They will be accompanied by police.
Belarusian police to turn 100 years in 2017
Police is ready to provide security during the 5th All-Belarusian People's Congress. On 16 June the Head of State heard out a report from the Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Shunevich. The large-scale forum, which will gather 2,500 delegates, will take place in less than a week.
The President also asked about the preparation for the police anniversary: in 2017 Belarusian police will celebrate its hundredth birthday.
Rescue drills at National Airport Minsk (video)
On May 19, Belarusian rescuers held drills in the national airport Minsk simulating a plane crash.
It takes three minutes for fire brigades to arrive at runway. In two more minutes, ambulance must be on site. According to scenario, before landing the plane disappeared from radars.
The military were also involved in today's search and rescue drills. The radars near the Machulishchi radiolocation station found the aircraft and gave its coordinates.
Belarus wants to toughen penalties for 'crime bosses'
Belarus plans to toughen penalties for leaders of criminal groups. This initiative was voiced at the April 25 meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko with the Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Shunevich.
A bill to toughen the fight against particularly dangerous crimes has already been prepared. It targets so-called "thieves in law". The Ministry of Interior believes this category of offenders should bear a heavier penalty than other members of illegal groups.
Hybrid warfare: why is it mentioned in Belarus’ new Military Doctrine?
The draft of the new Military Doctrine has been approved by the House of Representatives on its first reading this week (April 2016). The main document determining the security of the state was prepared taking into account the new challenges. The previous one was written in 2002, when the situation in Ukraine was far from unstable, when no one was afraid of terror threat in Europe, and when the Arab Spring was 10 years away. No cardinal changes in approaches to national security have been made in the new bill.
Belarus to develop national system of satellite communication and broadcasting
Belarus intends to follow the path of integration into the world information space and develop the national satellite broadcasting system.
This task was set by President Alexander Lukashenko during his April 12 visit to the Center for Space Communications in the village Stankovo, Dzerzhinsk district.
On the Day of Cosmonautics, Belarus launches ground satellite control system for Belintersat-1. This is the first Belarus-made unit designed for the transmission of television and radio, as well as providing access to the Internet.
Should Belarus be afraid of possible change in EU illegal migration flows?
Refugees are once again exciting Europe. We are talking about Turkey, which geographically is still part of Europe. However, Ankara does not yet give up hope of joining the EU. At the very least, it would like to secure some more privileges from the EU besides the 3 billion euros (for example, visa-free regime with Europe). So it looks from the outside.
Belarus' draft Military Doctrine adopted in first reading
The new draft Military Doctrine of Belarus has been adopted by Belarusian MPs in the first reading. The updated document defines the main directions of the state's military policy at the present stage of development.
There are no fundamental changes to the approach to national security. The defensive orientation of the document has been preserved. The draft clearly states that the use of military force is regarded as an exceptional measure.
Belarus parliament to review new military doctrine April 4
The new military doctrine will be considered during the spring session of the House of Representatives, which will open on 4 April. The need to make changes to a document is due primarily to the tense situation in the world.
The parliament is also considering other legal acts related to security. In particular, changes may be introduced to documents relating to the fight against terrorism.
Will Belarus be affected by terrorist attacks in Belgium?
Should Belarus take special measures in connection with the recent attacks in Paris, Belgium, Turkey and other countries? Let's talk about this with our guests. Today in our studio are press-secretary of the State Border Committee of Belarus Alexander Tishchenko and KGB reserve Major General, now poet Ivan Yurkin.
Belarusian governors training to use weapons in case of military conflict
"It is not easier than the cropping campaign," say governors about territorial defense classes. February 18 was the culmination of the military drills in which Belarusian governors take part.
Anti-personnel mines, anti-aircraft guns and modern data centers. Commanders must not only know how to use technology, but also set an example to the personnel.
They did not shoot very precise but all the targets are hit. On the firing line, the governors and their deputies confirm that they know how to use personal weapons.
President Lukashenko for army's increased mobility
Mobile machinery is in focus during Belarus' Armed Forces rearmament, said President Alexander Lukashenko addressing territorial defense forces February 17, 2016.
These forces have recently been created in Belarus. Their main task is to ensure the safety of the main objects of life, if necessary.
The Head of State asked the territorial defense forces about their readiness and then asked whether heads of districts and regions are ready to assume command.
Belarus parliament to consider new military doctrine bill in spring session
The Belarusian parliament will consider a bill on the approval of a new military doctrine in the spring session. For the document to be adopted, two thirds of deputies of the House of Representatives must vote for it.
The Belarusian military doctrine takes into account the military-political situation in the world, new methods of warfare. It is defensive in nature and is aimed at the modernization of the military-industrial complex.
Belarus' new military doctrine sent to parliament for approval
The new version of the Military Doctrine of Belarus has been sent to the lower house of Parliament. President Alexander Lukashenko has approved the document following the January 22 meeting of the Security Council of Belarus.
The need for renewing of the doctrine was caused by changes in the military-political situation in the world, the nature of warfare and the modern trends of development of the Belarusian state.
Interior ministry guarantees proper level of security in Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko says
The structures of the Ministry of Internal Affairs allow for the proper level of security in the country, said Alexander Lukashenko at a board of the Interior Ministry. In many areas, positive results have been achieved, including in the fight against drug trafficking.
Belarus pays much attention to the fight against corruption. In 2015, more than a thousand of such facts were revealed. But the president demanded in this respect that a clear line of work be kept. He warned the Interior against a thoughtless race merely for better performance indicators.
Belarus' Military Doctrine 2016: Main points and changes
This week Belarus considered a new edition of the military doctrine. The task of preparing such a document was set a year ago. The foreign political situation in the world is changing rapidly. And it is necessary to react. This is the usual procedure and the result of this work was presented this week to the head of state.
The military doctrine has such new concepts as "local war" and "illegal armed group". The document now takes into account the events of the "Arab Spring" and a number of other armed conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
Alexander Lukashenko: No direct military threat to Belarus now
A new draft military doctrine was discussed at a meeting with the Belarus President on January 22. This is a mandatory document for any state in which it spells out the official position regarding security and armed protection. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus will continue to adhere to the policy of peace, but the difficult situation in the world makes the country "keep powder dry."
Belarus President urges interior to combat increasing hooliganism
The Belarus President has met today with the Minister of Internal Affairs to hear out the report about the results of the ministry's work in 2015. The officials discussed need to reduce street crime, as well as keep street patrolling practices. After all, protection of people has always been the main task of police officers.
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.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates KGB officers on professional holiday
Day of State Security Agencies is marked in Belarus on December 20. Celebrations are held across the country. In Minsk and regional centers, the staff and veterans of the security services lay flowers at the bust of Felix Dzerzhinsky and victory monuments.
The heads of KGB congratulate their employees and of course honor veterans.
President Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the management, personnel and veterans of state security bodies on their professional holiday.
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.
Belarus' strengthens control over those arriving from Ukraine, Syria
The Interior Ministry will strengthen control over citizens arriving from Ukraine and Syria. Every employee of the Interior Ministry, including patrol and traffic police have the necessary skills to detect such citizens.
The recent example is the detention at the Minsk railway station. A man who was carrying explosives, two passports and weapons was taken into custody. He had documents confirming that he had been a combatant in the Donbas.
Belarus President urges Russia, Turkey 'to make at least half a step towards each other'
In today's world, the role of small and medium-sized states is growing, stated the President of Belarus, speaking at the conference "The policy of neutrality: international cooperation for peace, security and development" in Ashgabat.
Alexander Lukashenko was visiting Turkmenistan that December 12 celebrated the Day of Neutrality. The Belarusian President spoke at the international conference dedicated to that day. The forum should become one more step on the road to peace and stability in the world.
Donbass combatant detained in Minsk
The Investigative Committee of Belarus on November 27 voiced details of the detention at the Minsk railway station. A man who was carrying explosives, two passports, weapons and documents was taken into custody since it followed from the documents that he was a Donbass combatant.
The waiting room sees a never-ending flow of people but security bodies try not to miss any details. Policemen noticed a strange-looking man and their concerns, as it later turned out, were not in vain.
Who is responsible for Belarusians’ safety
Law enforcement officers noticed a significant increase in the vigilance of Belarusians after the latest world events. Our citizens are more likely to report to the police about ownerless and suspicious objects. In Vitebsk, during one day, there were four cases of evacuation. In the capital, two metro station exits were blocked because of the forgotten shopping bags. These were false alarms but the work of those who is responsible for our security and citizens’ vigilance is not in vain.
Are Belarusians at risk after terrorist attacks in Paris, Turkey and Nigeria?
The head of the German Interior Ministry has said recently that the situation in security issues in Germany and Europe as a whole is "really threatening." It is clear that we are talking about the situation after the terrorist attacks in Paris. And not only in Paris! Remember people affected by bombings in Turkey, Iraq and Nigeria, and of course the destruction of the Russian passenger airliner.
Belarus' national security system keeping pace with the times
Events occurring in the world force Belarus to reconsider approaches to national security and improve not only the methods but also the ways of the country's protection. Belarusian MPs from the lower chamber of parliament on November 19 discussed ways to beef up Belarus' national security system. Deputies believe that serious work should be done at the legislative level.