New Belarus Interior Minister — who is he?

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has appointed Yury Karayeu as Minister of the Interior. Until recently, he served as Deputy Minister of the Interior — Commander of the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

Belarus Minister of the Interior Yury Karayeu. Photo:

Traditionally, the post of the Interior Minister was given not to a native of Belarus, but of one of the former USSR states. Yury Khadzhimuratavich Karayeu was born on June 21, 1966 in the capital of North Ossetia, Ordzhonikidze (now Vladikavkaz).

Yuri Karaev graduated from the Saratov Military Institute of the Interior Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation in 1987. In 1996, he graduated from the Academy of the General Staff named after Frunze.

Meeting Padabed, Paulyuchenka and Ytsyuryn

Before being transferred to Minsk, Karayev headed the military unit 5527 in Babruisk, then the unit 5525 in Homiel. These units are the police battalion and police brigade.

Since 2008, Yury Khadzhimuratavich became the successor of Yury Padabed as commander of the Minsk Special Forces, but three months after this appointment, he was transferred to Uruchcha based unit 3214, which was previously headed by Dzmitry Paulyuchenka. Here Yuri Karaev met the former head of Lukashenka’s security service Andrei Utsyuryn, who is now behind bars.

Work in the ministry

In 2009, Karayeu was appointed first deputy chief of operational and combat training of the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus. And in December 2012, he began to lead the internal troops.

Yury Karayeu was often on duty at the so-called “hot lines”, which are organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He commented on hot topics.

Karayeu is known to have friendly relations with Ihar Shunevich.