Updated at 17:11,20-07-2018

Lukashenka sacks Minister of Information


No other details have been reported about his dismissal, BELTA informs.

Aleh Pralyaskouski is 51 years old. He was born in Russia, used to head the analytical department of the Belarusian Presidents Security Service, was deputy head of the Presidents Administration in 20032007 and director of the Information Analytical Centre in the Presidents Administration in 20082009.

Pralyaskouski will be remembered for persecuting mass media, Deputy chairperson of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Andrei Bastunets said:

Bastunets: He sued and wanted to close Narodnaya Volya and Nasha Niva. Autoradio and the publishing house Lohvinau were closed down. The usual distribution problems the independent mass media face should also be mentioned.

Bastunets could not recall anything positive about Pralyaskouskis work. However, it is not connected with the Ministers personality. It is connected with the activities of the Ministry of Information itself it fulfills ideological functions in the mass media sector.