Belarus’ security forces: what should we expect of them?

April 26, 2021 16:08

May 19th, 5 PM Minsk time (4 PM CET)

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During the political crisis in Belarus, the security forces demonstrated multidirectional tendencies. We’ve noticed unprecedented street violence and repressions of the security forces with more than 450 documented cases of torture, as well as mutilation and killings of the peaceful protesters. At the same time, for the first time in history there was also a mass exodus from the law enforcement agencies; the former members of the security forces united within the BYPOL initiative, which regularly publishes confirmed leaks from the repressive arms of the state.

Today’s open questions include:

1) What are the moods that prevail within the security forces? What can be expected of them if the repressions continue or escalate?

2) What are the main conclusions regarding the security forces after the events of August 2020?

3) What should be the future of the security forces? What is the golden mean between “dissolve everyone and recruit new ones” and “leave everything as it is”?

Keynote speakers:

Svetlana Hilko, responsible for the reform of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs at the National Anti-Crisis Management. She quit the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus after 10 years of service (rank: captain)

Aliaksandr Alesin, military expert

Arseni Sivitski, cofounder and director of the Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies

Moderator:

Anton Ruliou (Belarus in Focus Information Office/Press Club Belarus)

Working languages: Belarusian, Russian with simultaneous interpretation into English.

We invite analysts, international journalists, employees of the foreign ministries, representatives of civil organizations who are interested in what is happening in Belarus to participate.

Video recording is envisaged. The Chatham House Rule will apply upon the participant’s prior notice and will be off the record.

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Organizers:

  • Belarus in Focus Information Office
  • Press Club Belarus
  • Nashe Mnenie
  • Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (BISS) 

 

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Belarus’ security forces: what should we expect of them?