Senior officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) are stepping down one by one. Aleh Piakarski and Leanid Farmahei managed to resign voluntarily, Yauhen Poludzen was even charged to criminal responsibility.
Aliaksandr Lukashenka, by his May 11 presidential edict, dismissed General Lieutenant Anatol Kulyashou from his position as Minister of Internal Affairs and appointed Ihar Shunevich to serve in the post.
Born in the Luhansk region of Ukraine in 1967, Ihar Shunevich graduated from the Academy of the Belarusian Interior Ministry in 1992. Between 2007 and 2012, he served at the Committee for State Security (KGB). He was appointed first deputy Interior Minister in January, 2012.
As it was reported before, in his address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly on May 8, 2012 Aliaksandr Lukashenka mentioned the impending reform of the Ministry of Interior.
“We’re going to fully reform the Ministry of Internal Affairs very carefully, quietly, without offending anyone, within the next year, perhaps earlier,” the president said.
Anatol Kulyashou started serving in the position of interior minister in June, 2009. On the night following the 2010 presidential elections, police detained more than 600 people. Criminal cases were opened against dozens of protesters, among them several former presidential candidates. He said he took the decision himself to disperse the riots in Minsk on December 19, 2010, and “no laws were violated.”
Anatol Kuliashou is included in the list of Belarusian officials banned from entering the EU countries. He was affected by sanctions on February 2, 2011. Nevertheless, “banned” Interior Minister was able to go to France having received the French national visa through Interpol, without breaking the law.