Updated at 18:07,08-09-2017

Viktor Sheiman is Lukashenkas envoy in contacts with odious regimes

Belarus in focus

Belarusian Chief of the Presidential Administration, Viktor Sheiman, has visited Zimbabwe and held talks with the president of this African country. Since his resignation from the Security Council Secretary post in 2008, Sheiman rarely appears in Belarus public space. Once having almost unlimited influence on President Lukashenka, Viktor Sheiman is still an eminence grise of the Belarusian politics enjoying the confidence of the president. After 2008, Sheiman somewhat lost the presidents trust for a while, but he is the only member of the Lukashenkas team, which brought him to power in 1994, who has remained in the power system. Sheiman is often dealing with the most "scrupulous" and secret foreign missions, such as establishing contacts with odious regimes and implementing investment and other projects with questionable reputation outside Belarus.