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The Heads of the Belarusian and Russian Investigative Committees Meet in Moscow

On July 16, the delegation of the Belarusian Investigative Committee, headed by its Chairman Ivan Noskevich, went on a visit to Moscow. There, it took part in a number of events together with their Russian counterparts.

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation hosted a task meeting of the Chairman of the Belarusian Investigative Committee with Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the Russian Investigation Agency. At the meeting, the two officials discussed topical issues of their bilateral cooperation.

The attendants of the meeting also included the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee Igor Krasnov, as well as the Head of the Central Forensics Department and heads of other departments at the central administrative office of the Russian Investigation Agency. Other representatives of the Belarusian party were the Head of the International Legal Department Mikhail Vavulo and a Major Case Investigator Yury Kamenetsky.

The representatives of the two investigation agencies discussed a number of topical issues related to fighting corruption, while considering mutual legal assistance in criminal cases, advanced training of the officers from the Belarusian Investigative Committees in Russia, and cooperation of the Russian investigators with the “Preliminary Investigation” journal of research and practice.

Alexander Bastrykin emphasized importance of international cooperation with competent foreign authorities in fighting crime related to corruption.

“International collaboration is important, both in terms of exchanging the practice of criminal prosecution for corruption-related crime and anticorruption statutory regulation,” he commented.

Ivan Noskevich, in his turn, stressed that he values highly the cooperation with the host authority, including in the established trilateral format—at the sessions of the panels of Armenian, Belarusian, and Russian Investigative Committees.

“Aleksandr Grigoryevich Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus, has already talked about the need for high-level cooperation between our agencies. Undoubtedly, a positive dialogue, efficient collaboration, and exchange of best practices between the investigation agencies of the two countries contributes greatly to improving our methods,” noted Ivan Noskevich.

Concluding the meeting, the parties concurred that such events enable enhancing the pretrial criminal procedure.

On the same day, the Belarusian delegation attended the International Research and Practice Conference On Preventing and Fighting Corruption. The Conference took place at Moscow Academy of the Russian Investigative Committee.

Yury Kamenetsky, a Major Case Investigator at the Belarusian Investigative Committee, made a report at the conference. His report “On Fighting Corruption in the Republic of Belarus” focused on the current trends and gradual enhancement of the methods used to investigate into this type of crime.

In addition, the attendants of the conference heard reports by Oleg Mikhailov, the Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Russian Investigative Committee, and Elena Morgunova, the Head of the Forensics Administration Department of the Russian Investigative Committee.

The members of the Belarusian delegation believe the events in Moscow have contributed to strengthening the partnership between the Russian and Belarusian Investigative Committees in all types of their official activities.