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18 Sep 2018

Call for Belarusian, Russian police to unite against sport hooligans

Call for Belarusian, Russian police to unite against sport hooligans
Photo courtesy of the Internal Affairs Ministry

NOVOPOLOTSK, 18 September (BelTA) – Belarusian and Russian law enforcement agencies should join efforts in the fight against sport crowd violence. Belarusian Internal Affairs Minister Igor Shunevich made the statement as a session of the joint board of the internal affairs ministries of the Union State of Belarus and Russia opened in Novopolotsk on 18 September, BelTA has learned.

According to Igor Shunevich, hooligan actions and mass violations of public law and order at stadiums or near sport facilities represent a serious social problem of the modern world. Reasons behind such violations mainly lie beyond the realm of sport. It is necessary to join efforts in order to counteract the hooligan behavior of spectators during sport events, noted the internal affairs minister.

According to Igor Shunevich, it is also important to step up cooperation in traffic safety. The freedom of travel in the Union State of Belarus and Russia is exploited by criminals, who try to avoid punishment. This is why it is necessary to improve the procedure for punishing violators of driving regulations among citizens of the states parties to the Union State foundation treaty.

Russian Internal Affairs Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev agreed with the opinion of his Belarusian counterpart. “We’ve reached high cooperation standards in crime control, in ensuring public law and order in the Union State of Belarus and Russia. Thanks a lot to joint efforts we’ve been able to improve the situation in the area of responsibility of law enforcement agencies,” noted the official. “Yet the advancement of integration processes, the emergence of new threats and challenges require us to improve organizational and legal mechanisms, to improve interaction on the bilateral basis and the multilateral one.”

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