The dictator signed a decree on awarding nearly 200 soldiers with the Medal “For Impeccable Service.”
According to Radio Svaboda, the list includes the former head of the Research Institute of the Armed Forces Aleh Liubachka, who admired Tsar Ivan the Terrible and called Russia his homeland, and an Adjutant of the head of the 72nd Joint Training Center for the training of ensigns and junior specialists in Pechy, where Aliaksandr Korzhych was found in the loop and a number of commanders were convicted of hazing last year.
13 military men from the major general to lieutenant colonels were awarded with the Medal “For Impeccable Service” 1st class.
The state award was given to Colonel Aleh Liubachka, who is mentioned in the decree as “the head of the Research Institute of the Armed Forces of Belarus.” However, the Ministry of Defense website states that it's Colonel Viktar Tumar who is the head of the Research Institute.
Aleh Liubachka disappeared from his post after his article “Mission of Russia – strategic deterrence” (this heading is editorial, the author's one was “The Military Doctrine of Ivan the Terrible”) was published in the Russian edition Military-Industrial Courier in August. In the article he expressed his admiration for the Russian autocrat and called Russia his Fatherland. As Nasha Niva calculated, the word “Russian” appears 35 times in the text, “Russia” – 11 times, “Belarus” is not mentioned even once (once – “Belorussia”).
The adjutant to the head of the school in Pechy, where the soldier Korzhych was killed, is also among the awarded.
Senior Warrant Officer Aleh Lauski, the Adjutant to the Chief of the72nd Guards Joint Training Center for the training of ensigns and junior specialists of the Armed Forces, as well as Ensign Alina Lauskaya, the head of the security troops of the same unit, are also among the 130 soldiers awarded with the Medal “For Impeccable Service” 3rd class.
Considering that the lists of those who were meant to be awarded had been submitted several months before the decree was signed by Aliaksandr Lukashenka, it can be assumed that warrant officer Aleh Lauski was an adjutant to Colonel Kanstantsin Charnetski, the former commander of the training center in Pechy, who was dismissed from his post after the death of private Aliaksandr Korzhych and the hazing scandal.