Lust for control or safety reasons? Lukashenka creating nationwide monitoring system

Belarus president Alyaksandr Lukashenka signed a decree on establishing the nationwide public security monitoring system.

The Interior Ministry will be tasked to ensure the creation, operation and use of the system, the document says.

The main objective is to monitor public security for ensuring public order, prevention and detection of crimes and other wrongdoings, search for criminals and missing persons, prevention and mitigation of emergencies, state-run news agency BelTA reports.

According to the document, the country’s law enforcemen agencies are expected to immediately receive information about events having an impact on public security twith the help of the monitoring system.

Earlier, Interior Minister Ihar Shunevich said that a single dispatching service would be established to control of the system, its operator being a state-owned company or a private firm that is ‘ready to become an investor’. In total, the costs of introducing the new surveillance system may reach $100 mln.

A few days ago, the minister announced his intention to purchase unmanned aerial vehicles for the agency. According to him, law enforcers should be able to ‘counter all current threats’.

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