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Academy Of Sciences To Be Headed By KGB Officer In Belarus

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Academy Of Sciences To Be Headed By KGB Officer In Belarus

Lukashenka does not trust academics.

The former commander of the special unit Alfa of the State Security Committee, Aleh Chernyshou, became deputy chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. A corresponding decree is signed by Lukashenko; it was published on the National Legal Internet Portal on Tuesday.

Chernyshou had been deputy chairman of the KGB since the spring of 2014. There is information on the Internet that he has a PhD in law. And in 2012, he was included in the EU "blacklist." He commanded Alfa in 2009-2013, and before that he was head of the KGB's Anti-Terrorist Center for seven years.

It is assumed that in the Academy of Sciences, the former commander of Alfa will be responsible for security issues. Prior to that, the chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences, Uladzimir Husakou, had one first deputy and three deputies.