Poor at liberty better than rich in jail – Lukashenka warns against corruption

Alyaksandr Lukashenka, phot. president.gov.by

Corrupt officials will taste hard punishment in Belarus, president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said at Tuesday’s seminar on the country’s agrarian sector development.

“Have in mind that that all officials, from the chairman of a district executive committee to the prime minister, are included in the president’s register. I am instantly reported about all issues of official corruption, theft, etc. In such cases, one should not hope for any mercy!” he said.

According to Lukashenka, Belarusians are slamming local officials who ‘do nothing and get residential property for themselves and their kids’.

“Be careful, guys. Being a poor person at liberty is better than being a rich prisoner. People see what you do. Do not think it is difficult to subject you to the glare of truth,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

He also instructed the officials to root out intermediation in procurement in Belarus.

“They have got pretty brazen! They import whatever turns up, even products produced in the country. Our warehouses are overstocked with our homemade goods, but we continue to bring them from abroad,” Lukashenka said.

There should be only direct purchases from producers, he added.


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