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Putin Appoints Babich Ambassador, His Special Representative In Belarus

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Putin Appoints Babich Ambassador, His Special Representative In Belarus
MIKHAIL BABICH
PHOTO: MIKHAIL SOLUNIN/RBK

Alexander Surikov has been dismissed from the office of Russia’s ambassador to Belarus.

Vladimir Putin has appointed Mikhail Babich as Russia's new ambassador to Belarus.

The relevant decree is published on the Official Internet Portal of Legal Information.

According to the information posted on the portal, Putin freed Babich from the post of plenipotentiary representative of the president in the Volga Federal District. The second decree says that "Mikhail Babich is appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Belarus".

Babich has also been appointed special representative of the Russian president "for the development of trade and economic cooperation with the Republic of Belarus."

Alexander Surikov has been dismissed from the office of Russia’s ambassador to Belarus.

The information that Moscow was preparing a new ambassador to Minsk was discussed in the media for a long time. The sources of the Russian journalists reported that Mikhail Babich, representative of the Russian president in the Volga Federal District, was nominated for this post. Officially, no one confirmed this information.

In addition, there was information that Babich could become not only an ambassador, but also a special representative of Putin in Belarus, which would significantly expand his duties and opportunities.

According to the sources of tut.by, the current Russian Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov on August 24 is holding a final meeting with those with whom he worked in Minsk for 12 years.

Mikhail Babich was born in 1969 in Ryazan, from 1986 to 1995 he served in the Airborne Forces and the KGB. From 1995 to 1998 he headed the Antey corporation in Moscow. From November 2002 to February 2003, he was chairman of the government of Chechnya.

After the dismissal of Russian Ambassador Mikhail Zurabov in 2016, Babich was appointed ambassador to Ukraine, but Kyiv declined his candidacy.