Today the head of state has introduced new KGB chief Valery Vakulchyk to chekists.
According to Aliaksandr Lukashenka, Vadzim Zaytsau’s dismissal was caused by “tense moral and psychological atmosphere created in certain KGB departments. It was triggered by faults in staff development and ideological activity along with discrepancies in internal security organisation,” state-owned news agency BelTA quotes him.
The replacement is a step to meet feelings of auxiliary KGB officers, Lukashenka said.
“I can tell you that your voice has been heard. But like a man to men, I would like to warn you that “Zaytsau to the second power” has come to you; but he [Vakulchyk] is a professionalism-oriented man without dashes of eccentricity and bungling. He is one of those who know cold what the president wants of the KGB,” Lukashenka introduced Vakulchyk in his special manner.
Leaving the KGB? Let them do it!
Lukashenka reminded that the most favourable conditions had been established for the KGB staff. “But there are some people who would like to relax and bunk off forgetting that they have straps on their shoulders. It is them who must look for another job. Don’t be afraid some people will leave you for another place; let them do it. Even if their number reduces to 12,000, or 10,000, or even 6,000, even if only 3,000 servicemen are left, but these will be the most loyal people. The rest may go wherever they want,” Lukashenka permitted.
It is the KGB who helped him retain hold of the country, to prevent it from “being sliced and diced”, the president said.