Belarus Interior Ministry: Army will use lethal force on protesters

This article contains graphic descriptions and imagery. Discretion is advised.The Belarusian armed forces will use lethal force and “special equipment” against anti-government protesters, First Deputy Interior Minister Henadz Kazakevich said Monday afternoon.

“We have informed the public on the results of the mass events that were organized across the country October 11, as well as the measures taken to maintain public order,” Kazakevich said in a video address

“That being said, the protests, the epicenter of which has mostly moved to Minsk, have become organized and extremely radical,” the state police official continued.

“Consequently,” said Kazakevich, “interior affairs servicemen and the interior troops will not leave the streets and, if necessary, will use special equipment and live ammunition.”

Directed by Minister Yury Karayeu, the republic’s Ministry of Internal Affairs is responsible for law enforcement and general security comes under the command of National Security Advisor Viktor Lukashenko, President Alexander Lukashenko’s eldest son.

A mother-agency for the Belarusian Militia, the Presidential Guard and the state’s Internal Troops – a paramilitary special forces division – the ministry has been working parallel to the State Security Committee (KGB) since the two split from the Belarusian NKVD in 1946.

The first reported case of ammunition being used against peaceful demonstrators in the recent wave of protests was on August 10 with the death of anti-government protester Aliaksandar Taraikouski the night after the contested general election.

With authorities first claiming the man died as an improvised explosive device detonated in his hands, footage filmed by an Associated Press reporter showed Taraikouski was shot in the upper abdomen while walking with his hands raised in front of a cordon.

Police did, however, acknowledge opening fire on demonstrators in the city of Brest (Bierascie) on the Belarusian tri-border with Poland and Ukraine, killing one, Radio Free Europe reported.



According to the media outlet, despite sporadic shootings, the minister’s Monday statement is the first time Belarusian authorities have explicitly threatened to use lethal force against protesters, marking a significant escalation.

As Kazakevich’s address was made during a nationwide elderly “grandmas against violence” march, the Monday protests became more active toward the evening, with pro-opposition Telegram channel Nexta TV posting footage of barricades being established by demonstrators in the capital.

At least 700 people have been detained on Monday, some being transported to the Akrescina (Okrestina) detention facility.

Monday night, a group of anonymous Belarusian activists called on demonstrators to establish roadblocks across the capital early Tuesday morning, “in order to help the city strike.”

Clashes first broke out in Belarus on election night as official preliminary results gave President Alexander Lukashenko, in power since 1994, over 80% of the votes, with opposition candidate Tsichanouskaya scoring 10%. The opposition claimed Lukashenko received closer to 20% of the votes.

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Belarusian opposition politician Tsikhanouskaya wanted by Russia: interior ministry database

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is listed as wanted by Russia in connection with a crime, according to a database of Russia’s interior ministry.

It was unclear when Tsikhanouskaya’s name was added to the database, but Russian media outlets first reported it on Wednesday.

Tsikhanouskaya fled to neighbouring Lithuania shortly after a disputed Aug. 9 election and has since met with European political leaders and called for President Alexander Lukashenko to leave power.

(Reporting by Anton Zverev and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Interior Ministry to involve aviation to respond to illegal actions during Ukraine’s local elections

Interior Ministry to involve aviation to respond to illegal actions during Ukraine's local elections

The involvement of aviation units of the Interior Ministry’s system is provided for a prompt response to changes in the situation during the local elections in Ukraine.

“Based on the calculations, almost 140,000 law enforcement officers will be involved to ensure public security during the local elections. It is planned to involve the aviation units of the Interior Ministry’s system for prompt response to changes in the situation,” First Deputy Interior Minister Serhiy Yarovy said at the meeting.

He said that, given the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic amid which the electoral process is holding, the personnel are provided with protective equipment.

“We will involve reserve groups of law enforcement officers from the central office of the National Police, university cadets and police officers from regional departments,” Yarovy said.

According to Deputy Minister Serhiy Honcharov, operational reserves have been created in the regions to respond to challenges and threats that may arise during the elections.

“In order to increase the efficiency of the formation of reserves and direct response, it is planned to involve our aviation within the election campaign. We plan to involve all the available forces and means of aviation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, namely, aircraft and helicopters. The presence of helicopters will allow respond to illegal activities in the most remote points where there is no landing strips,” Honcharov said.

Head of the State Emergency Service Mykola Chechotkin said that in order to ensure an adequate level of fire safety and prevent emergencies during the preparation and conduct of local elections, the specialists of the service in the country are inspecting the facilities where the polling stations will be located.

Local elections in Ukraine are scheduled for October 25.

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Kyrgyzstan: Opposition politician takes over interior ministry, pres. ‘in control’

Kyrgyz opposition politician and former senior security official Kursan Asanov has taken over as acting interior minister, a ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, indicating President Sooronbai Jeenbekov could be losing control over the country.

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Police have been ordered to ensure citizens’ safety and prevent clashes and looting amid protests, the spokesman said, adding that incumbent Interior Minister Kashkar Junushaliyev has not shown up for work on Tuesday.

Kyrgyzstan’s pro-Russian president insisted he was in control of the country Tuesday despite protesters capturing the seat of government and freeing his predecessor and nemesis following violent clashes with police.

Sooronbay Jeenbekov’s office said in a statement that the president was “in control of the situation and expresses confidence that all political forces will put the interests of the country above their own.”

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Ministry of Interior Affairs: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580



a car parked on the side of a road: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580


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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580

Welcome to Ministry of Interior Affairs, a new feature that highlights the interior design and functionality of some of the most popular vehicles available in Canada.

Here’s a bold claim: I think that what we’re looking at here, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS, might just be the most beautiful interior you’ll find in any three-row SUV on the market.

Of course, this comes with some caveats. Number one: at a list price of $133,500 with options, it’s certainly not for the faint of wallet. Number two: every single one of the men who looked at this disagreed with me. The leather fitted here is a gorgeous, rich dark grey as opposed to black, the laser-cut Burmester speaker grilles are some of the prettiest you’ll find anywhere, and vast expanses of open-pore wood are far classier than glossy finishes, but these details were lost on them. They like lots of contrasting colours and shiny things, it seems.

In a lower-priced SUV, I wouldn’t necessarily disagree, mainly because the alternative tends to be a bland black-on-black motif. But by the time I’m spending six figures on a vehicle, I want it to feel like arm candy, like an attractive man in a well-fitted suit. And the redesigned, third-generation GLS fits the bill.

But just as importantly, it also happens to make good use of its ample space and translates it into practicality. In the rearward cargo area, 355 litres will fit behind the third-row seats, which is just enough to position our trusty jogging stroller upright and still get the hatch closed. Beneath the load floor, there’s a spare tire and a convenient spot for tonneau cover storage. Two sets of buttons drop both of the rear rows at once or each individually: doing the latter opens up 1,380 litres of space behind the second row and 2,400 litres behind the first. While the third-row seats fold nicely flat, the second-row seats don’t get to quite as tight a fit.

The third row is easy to access, as long as you’re patient with power function while holding down the button on the second-row seatback. These seats are meant to shift with an installed child seat in place; we found this finicky in our testing as the car seat’s high back kept catching on the headrest, so car seat design could be a factor here.

Once you’re into the third row, you’ll find two comfortable and roomy seats with plenty of head room, each with a cupholder and not one but two USB-C connections. The leg room back there worked for me, but our taller observers banged their knees somewhat. Both third-row positions have the hardware necessary to install forward-facing LATCH-equipped child seats, meaning that the GLS can support up to four car seats in total.

This test unit has the $5,600 Premium Rear Seat package equipped, which turns the second row into elite seating. With this add-on, both second-row outboard seats are heated, ventilated, and

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New Perm Sec takes over at Interior Ministry

By Omeiza Ajayi – Abuja

The Federal Government has deployed Dr Shuaib Belgore as the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior.

Assuming duty on Wednesday, Dr Belgore said he would set up a fitness regime through the promotion of extra-curricular activities aimed at enhancing staff performance in the discharge of their duties, in line with the Ministry’s mandate.

According to him, “I will set up a fitness regime here through the promotion of extra-curricular activities so as to bring out the sportsman in you. To this end, I intend to ensure a monthly walking-jogging exercise in the Ministry for everyone so as to keep staff fit to enable them to deliver on our mandate which is ensuring internal security and citizenship integrity”.

Belgore who applauded the ministry for its efforts at digitising processes said he would further improve staff competence in information technology through the provision of additional gadgets and working tools for enhanced work performance.

The new Permanent Secretary took over the mantle of leadership from Mrs Georgina Ehuriah-Arisa who retired after putting 36 years of service to her fatherland.

He commended the outgoing Permanent Secretary, for her contributions to the successes achieved by the Ministry.

While he described her as a model of efficiency to be emulated by public servants, Belgore assured that he would build on the legacies of staff welfare, efficient service delivery and excellence as demonstrated by Ehuriah during her tenure in office.

Earlier, the outgone Permanent Secretary, Georgina Ehuriah encouraged staff to support her successor, Dr Belgore by putting in their best.

“Don’t compromise or derail the system, support your principals, the new Permanent Secretary and the Minister, to achieve the deliverables of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in line with the mandate of the Ministry,” she said.

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Azerbaijani interior ministry issues statement on curfew across country

(MENAFN – Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, Sept. 28

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Curfew has been announced throughout Azerbaijan from 00:00 (GMT+4) September 28, 2020, the Azerbaijani Interior Ministry told Trend .

The curfew will be imposed in Azerbaijan’s Baku, Ganja, Sumgayit, Yevlakh, Mingachevir, Naftalan cities, as well as in Absheron, Jabrayil, Fuzuli, Aghjabadi, Beylagan, Aghdam, Barda, Tartar, Goranboy, Goygol, Dashkasan, Gadabay, Tovuz, Shamkir, Gazakh and Aghstafa districts from Sept. 28 from 21:00 (GMT+4) to 06:00 (GMT+4).

During curfew, individuals will be able to move in administrative-territorial units in which martial law is in effect only on the basis of an appropriate official certificate or a special permit obtained through www.icaze.e-gov.az .

“In this regard, we ask residents who live in cities and districts covered by the curfew or who enter or leave these settlements, to take into account the travel time to their destination and complete their visit, their affairs before the curfew begins, and not to leave the place of residence (location) during curfew without a special permission and an identity card,” said the statement.

The list of employees of the state structures, whose movement during the specified period is allowed on the basis of an official certificate, as well as the permitted spheres of activity, has been determined by the Cabinet of Ministers. The Interior Ministry also approved the procedure for issuing the special permits.

To prepare for the funeral of the deceased, in accordance with religious rites, close relatives can move freely after appealing the Interior Ministry via “102” or hot line (012 590-80-20).

The legal responsibility measures will be taken against violators of the martial law regime who do not comply with the legal requirements of police officers and military personnel involved in ensuring the curfew.

The resolution # 358 dated September 28, 2020 of the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers has been approved.

The following employees of state structures (institutions) are allowed to move by showing an official identity card during the curfew:

– employees of the Azerbaijani presidential administration

– employees of the Administrative Department of the President of Azerbaijan

– employees of the Special Medical Service

– employees of the Office of the Cabinet of Ministers

– employees of the Administrative Department of the Cabinet of Ministers

– employees of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense

– employees of the Azerbaijani Interior Ministry

– employees of the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office

– employees of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Justice

– court staff, lawyers

– employees of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations

– employees of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Health

– employees of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, as well as foreign diplomatic missions

– employees of the State Customs Committee

– employees of the Security Service of the President of Azerbaijan

– employees of the Azerbaijani State Security Service

– employees of the Azerbaijani Foreign Intelligence Service

– employees of the Special Communication and Information Security State Agency

– employees of the State Agency for the Protection of Strategic Facilities

– employees of the State Border Service

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Interior Ministry says 22 protest activities took place in Belarus on Sunday – World

MINSK, September 28. /TASS/. Twenty-two protest activities took place in Belarus on Sunday, the country’s Interior Ministry said in a statement on Telegram.

“Twenty-two protest activities were recorded in Belarus on September 27,” the statement reads. “Over 350 people were taken into custody until administrative hearings are held,” the ministry added.

The ministry also said that police in the country’s capital of Minsk had received hundreds of complaints against participants in unauthorized protests.

“Unfortunately, many protests ignored calls to abide by laws and blocked traffic, endangering not only themselves but other people as well,” the Interior Ministry noted.

Belarus held its presidential election on August 9. According to the Central Election Commission’s data, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko received 80.1% of the vote. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who garnered 10.12%, refused to recognize the election’s results and left Belarus. Protests erupted in the country’s capital of Minsk and several other cities following the presidential vote, leading to clashes between protesters and law enforcement officers. The opposition’s Coordination Council keeps calling on the country’s people to carry on with protests, while the authorities are emphasizing the need to put an end to unauthorized activities.

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At least 22 dead in military plane crash in eastern Ukraine, Interior Ministry reports

At least 22 people have died in a military plane crash in Ukraine, the country’s interior ministry has confirmed.

Two other people are severely injured and four more are still unaccounted for, the ministry said in a statement.

The crash occurred at around 20:50 local time (19:50 CET) near the eastern city of Chuhuyiv, in the Kharkiv region, some two kilometres away from a military airport.

The 28 people on board the AN-26 plane were military pilots and cadets of the Kozhedub Air Force University. The ministry had initially said that 24 people were on the plane when it crashed.

Units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as emergency crews, were dispatched at the site with the area cordoned off by police.

Flames which had engulfed the plane were eventually extinguished shortly before 10 pm local time.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced in a Facebook post that a government commission had been tasked with investigating “all the circumstances and causes” of the crash.

He described the incident as “a terrible tragedy” and said he will visit the scene on Saturday.

The Antonov AN-26 is a twin-engined turboprop civilian and military aircraft manufactured near Kyiv between 1969 and 1986 when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union.

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22 killed in Ukraine military plane crash: interior ministry – News

At least two people injured and taken to hospital in a serious condition, and the search continues for others.

A military transport plane carrying 28 people crashed and burst into flames in north=eastern Ukraine on Friday evening, killing at least 22 people on board, officials said.

Rescue workers were on the scene. Air force pilots and cadets were on the plane, the interior ministry said.

At least two people were injured and taken to hospital in a serious condition, and the search continued for the others, Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said.

The crash happened around 2 km (1.2 miles) from a military airport, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine said in a statement.

“The bodies of 22 people were found, two people were injured and the search for four people continues,” it said.

The plane was on a training flight, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in statement, citing preliminary information.


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