BOris Gryzlov has become the new ambassador of Russia to Belarus Boris Gryzlov will become the new ambassador of Russia to Belarus, RBC wrote earlier. This is the fourth change of the Russian ambassador to the republic since 2018. Before him, the post was held by Evgeny Lukyanov for less than a year
The new ambassador of Belarus was the plenipotentiary representative of Russia in the contact group for the settlement of the situation in Ukraine and Chairman of the Supreme Council of “United Russia” Boris Gryzlov. The corresponding decree was signed by President Vladimir Putin.
Since 2018, this is the fourth change of the Russian ambassador to Belarus. Prior to Gryzlov’s appointment, Yevgeny Lukyanov held the post of ambassador from March 2021, who, in turn, replaced Dmitry Mezentsev.
Before Mezentsev, the diplomatic mission was headed by Mikhail Babich for less than a year, and before that, from 2006 to 2018, the embassy was headed by Alexander Surikov.
The fact that Gryzlov will be appointed to this position was reported in December by diplomatic sources of RBC.
Associate Professor of the basic Department of Eurasian Economic Integration of the IPiNB RANEPA, director of the Center for the Study of Integration Prospects Sergey Rekeda told RBC that the change of ambassador may be associated with the increasing level of tasks that Moscow faces in the Belarusian direction.
In Minsk, the replacement of the Russian ambassador was explained by “Russian internal processes,” member of the Constitutional Commission, political scientist Alexander Shpakovsky told RBC. In his opinion, the reasons for personnel reshuffles should be looked for inside Russia – perhaps there will be some reshuffles in the leadership of the United Russia party.
During the period of Gryzlov’s work, a referendum on changing the Belarusian Constitution falls, which President Alexander Lukashenko promised to hold in January-February 2022. After the vote, early presidential elections are also possible, since in November 2021, Lukashenko said that with the adoption of the new Constitution, he would no longer hold the post of president.
Boris Gryzlov was born in 1950 in Vladivostok. He graduated from the Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute of Communications named after Professor M.A. Bonch-Bruevich.
In 1999, Gryzlov was elected to the State Duma. From March 2001 to December 2003, he served as the Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia. Later, the politician was the speaker of the lower house of Parliament.
In 2015, he was appointed Russia’s representative in the trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine.
Gryzlov is well acquainted with Lukashenka. Over the years of his political work, they have met several times. In the 2000s, Gryzlov worked on the creation of a Constitutional Act of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, but in the end the document was not adopted.
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