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Lukashenko dismissed the KGB chief for arresting 33 Russians from the Wagner mercenary company

September 9, 2020

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko dismissed former chairman of the State Security Committee (KGB), Valeri Vakulchik, because in July Belarusian secret service arrested 33 Russians on Belarusian territory who were affiliated with the mercenary company Wagner Group, which was controlled by a close friend of the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We asked Lukashenko whether Vakulchik lost his position as head of the KGB as a result of this case, and he said ‘yes’,” said Roman Babayán, director of Govorit Moskva radio station, one of them, in connection with the arrest of the 33 Russians in July the Russian media interviewing the Belarusian head of state in Minsk on Tuesday.

After the arrest of 33 Russians linked to the Wagner Group’s mercenary company, Belarusian authorities claimed in July that the detainees had caused unrest and influenced the presidential election campaign.

Lukashenko dismissed the KGB chief for arresting 33 Russians from the Wagner mercenary companyLukashenko dismissed the KGB chief for arresting 33 Russians from the Wagner mercenary company

Last week, without explaining the reasons for the change, the Belarusian President approved the dismissal of the director of the KGB, the Belarusian secret service that still bears the same name as it was in Soviet times, and installed Vakulchik as secretary of the Security Council.

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