Meeting with Russia’s Investigation Committee Alexander Bastrykin

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Belarusian and Russian investigators can learn from each other, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Chairman of the Russian Investigation Committee Alexander Bastrykin on 9 September.

“I think, you can learn a lot from us. You can see something useful here because we have done a lot to reform preliminary investigation and in other fields, retrofitted all branches of the law enforcement system, from ministries and agencies to the Supreme Court,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

“We have improved and modernized investigation. We have also modernized the State Forensic Committee which is a core institution, provided it with new equipment. We can conduct good forensic research, which benefits investigation. I always tell Ivan Noskevich that it is essential to bolster ties with the head of the Russian Investigation Committee and adopt their best practices. It will benefit both sides. I am interested in it,” the President stressed.

The head of state also noted that practical cooperation between the two agencies is very important. “I hope that this cooperation will be established because today there are enough swindlers in Belarus and Russia (I am not speaking about terrorism, although it is a very serious issue). Our specialists can join efforts in this field. I am convinced that this interaction will be productive,” the President said. “You can always count on my support and assistance. We are always ready to lend a shoulder if necessary.”

Alexander Bastrykin, in turn, said that the Investigation Committee of Russia has signed a cooperation agreement with the Investigation Committee of Belarus shortly after its formation. “We will have a working meeting today to discuss our cooperation once again,” he added.