Corruption is one of the plagues in Minsk, KGB Chairman Valery Vakulchyk said at Thursday’s government meeting which was also attended by president Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
“The results speak for themselves. In Minsk, cases of corruption have been exposed in all sectors, levels and directions: from the leadership of Minsk City Executive Committee and industrial giants to district health centres and school canteen. Getting rather high salaries, some officials, however, downgrade themselves to unabashed self-serving behavior. For example, directors of GUSR in Minsk [main directorate of consumer market] regularly came to GUM department store for goods without paying for them and organized banquets in Minsk restaurants at the expense of subordinate enterprises,” he said.
One of the district administration directors – he also heads a territorial anti-corruption commission, – has the impertinence to get a free food package at one of the chain stores every Thursday as if he lived in the time of food shortage. I am ashamed to say it, but that weekly package included no great things – fish, chicken, butter, dumplings, and even ice cream. And orders came not only from him and his wife, but also from their relatives!” Vakulchyk stressed.
During the meeting, the Belarusian leader instructed officials to work up additional measures and prepare proposals on toughening sanctions for corruption offenses.