Lukashenko shakes up security team to stamp out Belarus protests
MOSCOW: Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko replaced his interior minister and named three security hawks to new roles on Thursday in an attempt to tighten his grip on the country after nearly 12 weeks of mass protests.
Ivan Kubrakov, who as head of police in the capital Minsk has led the crackdown on the biggest demonstrations, was appointed interior minister.
His predecessor, Yuri Karayev, was one of three men named to new roles as presidential aides and “inspectors” responsible for key regions of the country. - Reuters