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May 26 – June 1, 2014

Lukashenko strengthens public officials’ discipline in countdown to presidential campaign

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Lukashenko strengthens public officials’ discipline in countdown to presidential campaign

The Investigative Committee opened a criminal investigation against two Vice- Chairman of the Gomel regional executive committee on charges of corruption and abuse of power and official authority. In addition, there were some staff shifts in the State Security Committee (KGB), including replacement of the Grodno regional head. Recent trends include intensified anti-corruption campaign and permutations in power bodies. Influenced by events in Ukraine and the lack of progress in socio-economic development, President Lukashenko is strengthening discipline and loyalty among public officials and security forces before the presidential campaign kicks off. The president seeks to strengthen the loyalty of security agencies by staff-rotations and tightening the screws for public officials.

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