The functions of the Information and Analytical Center will be performed by the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies.
As it turns out, the decree on the establishment of the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (BISS) liquidates the Information and Analytical Center. The new structure has actually replaced the IAC, Radio Svaboda reports.
Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s decree on creating the BISS was published on February 18. Earlier, the creation of the BISS had been announced, but the liquidation of the IAC had not been reported.
The BISS faces tasks similar to those set up for the IAC in 2006: an analysis of the state of international relations and geopolitical changes, an analysis of internal political processes and the preparation of recommendations on domestic policy, media monitoring and conducting sociological research, and so on.
The property and premises of the IAC are transferred to the BISS. The size of the institute staff is not disclosed. Two points of the decree on BISI are classified: “for official use only.”
The name of the state institute is very similar to the independent Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, better known by the English abbreviation BISS. But the state BISS has another name, the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Researches or the BISR.
On February 17, BISS Director Aleh Makarau appeared on the state Belarus-1television channel. Among other things, he said that the institute would “counter the fake news”:
“There is no truth ministry, no ultimate truth, – Makarau said. – It seems to me that it is necessary to counter these threats with a balanced and responsible filling of the information space, with the understanding of the events, that the people who are professionally involved in the topic have and who deserve trust. And thereby raise public awareness of what is happening, without requiring them to submit to one opinion.”
With all this, the Belarusian state TV is often caught on fakes.