"They look at the photo: it's doctor, a normal person. They do not file a report, as if the personality was not established. There have been cases like that," said Lupanosau.According to Lupanosau, about 400 employees of the Interior Ministry's central office put their signature for Viktar Babaryka during the nomination of candidates for the 2020 presidential elections. Their names were later discovered in the lists, which were digitized in the ex-banker's headquarters. "Now the employees who signed for Babaryka do not get their contracts renewed. The same happens with those who do not pass the polygraph. After the election, they started asking whether the person voted for Lukashenka," says the former policeman.
Lupanosau also debunks the statements from the Interior Ministry officials that the events of August and fall last year cemented the togetherness of law enforcement personnel. "In fact, the officers looked broken and disappointed in the system," he says. Both de-anonymization and a loss of public trust were painful for the officers, he said.
Amazon-owned Ring, which sells video doorbells and other security cameras, announced last week that it has “partnered” with more than 400 police departments across the United States to create the Neighbors Active Law Enforcement Map using the video feeds from doorbells bought, paid for, and installed by private citizens.
"We felt almost immediately the damage to the image of the police. Operatives went to conduct a search, you need to find witnesses for that, and people refused en masse, some were very nagative about it. Arriving at a place and not finding a witness was unheard of," says the former police officer.
Lupanosau recently featured in a propaganda video about the BYPOL initiative broadcast on Belarusian state TV.