Belarusian president says security service needs 'real Chekists'

Belarus must strengthen its security services with "real Chekists," a phrase referring to the original Soviet secret police, the country's authoritarian president said Friday.

&to=' target=_blank>Alexander Lukashenko is an open admirer of the Soviet Union and a pariah to the West because of his government's crackdown on dissent and news media. Belarus' main security service retains its Soviet-era acronym of KGB.

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