President Lukashenko enhances national security
Major General Leonid Dedkov has been relieved of his duties as the KGB Deputy Chairman by a secret presidential decree. Since early 2014, President Lukashenko has been reshuffling his regional law enforcement heads amid events in Ukraine and stronger anti-corruption rhetoric. As the presidential elections draw closer, Lukashenko’s keen attention to the security agencies will only grow. By permanent rotations and reshuffles in the security agencies’ management, and provoking competition between them, the president makes sure he has full control over the security forces.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.