Replacing its Interior Minister, the Belarusian government on October 29 partially closed the country’s land borders and named three security officials to new roles.
Ivan Kubrakov, who as head of police in the capital Minsk has led the crackdown on the demonstrations, has been appointed as the Interior Minister while hi spredecessor, Yuri Karayev, Valery Vakulchik who has spent eight years as head of the KGB security police and former deputy interior minister Alexander Barsukov have been named to new roles as presidential aides.
In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Minsk announced to restrict its borders with Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.
Rustamas Liubajevas, chief of the Lithuanian border guard said that cars were denied entry into Belarus from 1400 GMT, and a few hours later, the border was closed for outgoing cars as well. Adding further, he said that the change came without an advance warning.