17 January 2018, Wednesday, 20:52

Barodzich to replace Shamko as sports minister?

Yury Barodzich can replace Aliaksandr Shamko as minister for sport and tourism.

As Tribuna.com learnt, Yury Barodzich, a former head of Lukashenka's security service, may become a new minister for sport and tourism in the near future. Barodzich is a deputy head of the Belarusian Handball Federation.

The current sports minister is Aliaksandr Shamko.

It was reported earlier that Shamko might leave the post of sports minister.

Major General Yury Barodzich graduated from Belarusian Institute of Railway Engineers in 1979, from the KGB Higher School in 1989 and from the Russian Presidential Academy of Public Administration in 2004.

He has been an officer of state security bodies since 1982. Until 1992, he worked on different positions from a detective officer in the KGB department for the Mahilou region to deputy head of Group A of the presidential security directorate. He headed the KGB Group Alpha in 1992-1995.

He worked as the head of Lukashenka's Security Service in 1995-1998 and was an official representative of the Belarusian KGB to the Russian FSB and CIS Counter-Terrorism Centre from December 1998 till June 2004.

He headed the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation in 1997-2001.

Barodzich was elected chairman of the central council of Dinamo fitness and sports society in 2004. He resigned in 2013.