Lukashenka in doubt over official crime rate in Belarus

At the meeting of the Security Council, Alyaksandrr Lukashenka expressed doubts about the positive indicators that law enforcement officers present to him every year.

The head of the country was alarmed by the decrease in crime rate statistics in the country.

“According to statistics, our crime is down 7% per year. But this is also worrying — I hope to God that the numbers are right. Perhaps, we will soon have no crime at all? There are doubts about the objectivity of this picture, although the minister constantly tells me that his goal is to exclude this “regiment” statistics,” Lukashenka said.

He had other claims to the siloviki, including a large proportion of domestic crime and crimes committed in a state of intoxication. In addition, Lukashenka raised the issue of drug crimes. In comparison with 2016, the volume of substances confiscated by Belarusian border guards has increased by as much as 35 times! Lukashenka again expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the work of the bodies.

“Lukashenka was informed that they had overdone it with sentences on article 328, on the fight against drugs. Today, 15,000 young people are in prison, and everyone understands that there is abuse of official authority, excessive authority, illegal conviction, forgery of documents. Therefore, it is possible that there will be some changes affecting the security forces, and in particular the Ministry of Internal Affairs,” said human rights activist Aleh Volchak.

Lukashenka willingly returned to the topic of corruption.

It was in the image of a fighter against corruption that assumed during his first presidential election. Lukashenka did not ignore this topic at the meeting.

As experts say, the positive statistics of the law enforcers’s work may be related to the practice of artificially lowering the indicators of crime due to the refusal to initiate criminal cases. However, this still does not solve the issue of real crime both in the state apparatus and on the streets of the country.

Dzmitry Mitskevich, Belsat, photo:

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