Yesterday Alyaksandr Lukashenka carried out a reshuffle in the KGB (State Security Committee), having changed deputy chairmen of the committee and heads of departments in the regions.
“Firstly, all these moves, reorganizations and appointments this year are viewed by me from only one position: the election is approaching,” said in an interview to “Belarusian Partisan” a retired KGB lieutenant colonel Valery Kostka. “All these events should be seen through the perspective of the elections. Those who do not suit the regime in some way are replaced, and more reliable are coming to their place. But recently I do not see indications that it is done due their professionalism. That is why these people are likely to be more devoted to the leader.
And secondly, systematic destruction of special service is taking place, which started with Matskevich’s discharge. In fact, the special service, the KGB, has cross somebody’s path and it is being simply liquidated. It is dangerous for the society as well, as secret services are used not for the good of the society, but for the good of a concrete group or a person. But it is preserved as performing functions of a secret service like in any state, and professionals are working in it. And now tank officers, border guards and anyone but professionals who were trained intelligence and counterintelligence, have started to be in command”.
According to the expert, the state’s approach to the special services is the following: it does not need professional special service, but needs some kind of “Okhranka” (secret police).
“But it wouldn’t ever offer to solve the major problems the special service faces. In this respect, there are examples of Hussein in Iraq, Ceauşescu in Romania, Milošević in Yugoslavia, when secret services hadn’t solved the main problem in the acuteness of the struggle. They were active in the arena of political struggle, as they were used not as intended. The same danger exists for the leader of the state, when he is using secret services in this way. It is dangerous for the society as well, as secret services are used not for the good of the society, but for the good of a concrete group or a person. Besides, this is in fact dispargement of special services’ officers…”, Valery Kostka is convinced.