The fourth joint meeting of the boards of the investigative committees of Armenia, Belarus, Russia: issues of international cooperation discussed
On July 18, 2019, the fourth joint meeting of the boards of investigation committees of Armenia, Belarus, and Russia was held in Krasnoyarsk at the congress hall of the Siberian Federal University.
The event was attended by the heads of departments Hayk Grigoryan, Ivan Noskevich and Alexander Bastrykin, representatives of the international cooperation units of the investigative committees of Russia, Armenia and Belarus. In addition, for the first time a representative of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan was invited to participate in the meeting.
The main topic of the meeting was the synthesis of the international cooperation practice in the field of criminal justice. The relevance of the problem of confronting cross-border crime and the need for effective coordination of the investigative agencies was noted by the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Belarus, Ivan Noskevich, in his welcoming speech.
“The fundamentally new negative phenomena and threats caused by various objective and subjective geopolitical, economic, social and other factors appear and are rapidly growing. More precise coordination of the actions of all law enforcement agencies, the definition of new areas of cooperation and interaction are the most important tasks”, he said.
The Acting Head of the International Requests Department of the Investigative Committee of Armenia Sergey Tairyan, the Head of the International Legal Department of the Investigative Committee of Belarus Mikhail Vavulo and the Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia Oleg Mikhailov spoke about the results of interagency cooperation in the provision of legal assistance in criminal matters, and also proposed specific measures to improve activities in this area.
In his speech, Mikhail Vavulo noted the large amount of legal assistance mutually rendered by the investigative committees of Belarus and Russia.
In 2018 and the first half of 2019 from Belarus to Russia there were sent:
- By the central office of the Investigative Committee - 345 requests for rendering legal assistance in criminal matters;
- By the AIC in the regions and the city of Minsk directly to the territorial divisions of the Investigative Committee of Russia - 907 requests.
From Russia to Belarus for the same period of time:
- The central office of the Investigative Committee received 72 requests for organizing the execution;
- The AIC in the regions and the city of Minsk received 83 requests directly from the territorial divisions of the Investigative Committee of Russia.
For reference. The efforts of the Russian and Belarusian parties have adjusted the order of relations between the competent authorities under the Minsk Convention and have reduced the level of direct interaction in some cases to territorial units. A new algorithm for interaction between the Parties under the Convention has been launched since January 2018.
According to the results of the discussion, the participants of the meeting signed the final documents.
In addition, the investigative committees of Belarus and Russia signed a program of cooperation in the scientific and educational sphere for 2020–2022.
This program establishes the continuation of the practice of sending employees of two departments for advanced training in relevant educational organizations, as well as reciprocal invitations to participate in scientific conferences.
For reference. Since 2015, over 70 employees of the Investigative Committee of Belarus have undergone advanced training courses in educational institutions of the Investigative Committee of Russia. In turn, since 2018 in Minsk, 16 representatives of the Investigative Committee of Russia have undergone training on 9 educational programs on the basis of the Institute for retraining and qualification upgrading of judges, prosecutors and legal professionals of the Belarusian State University.