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Lukashenko appoints a new KGB chief in the midst of the crisis because of the protests and after rapprochement with Russia

September 3, 2020

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko this Thursday approved the appointment of a new head of the State Security Committee (KGB, Belarusian Intelligence Service) on alleged fraud in the presidential elections and after asking for Russian support to overcome the situation.

According to the Russian news agency BelTA, Lukashenko has appointed Ivan Tertel as head of the KGB, who previously headed the state control committee, replacing Valeri Vakulchik, whom he has appointed State Secretary of the Belarusian Security Council.

The position of president of the state control committee will be taken over by Vasily Gerasimov, who was vice-president of the body until Thursday.

Lukashenko appoints a new KGB chief in the midst of the crisis because of the protests and after rapprochement with RussiaLukashenko appoints a new KGB chief in the midst of the crisis because of the protests and after rapprochement with Russia

The Belarusian President has also ratified the appointment of Anatoly Sivak as Deputy Prime Minister of the government. Sivak was previously chairman of the Minsk Executive Committee, replacing Vladimir Kujarev as deputy prime minister, who in turn will become head of the Belarusian capital.

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