Decrees on awarding new ranks to several officers of the law-enforcement bodies were signed by Lukashenka on February 20. The solemn ceremony took place on February 23, the Fatherland Defenders Day.
“Major-general’s shoulder straps were presented to colonels Vadim Denisenko and Yuri Karayev. Shoulder straps of the major general of justice were bestowed upon colonels of justice Sergei Buinovsky and Valery Gaiduchenok. Shoulder straps of the major general of interior service were conferred on Vasily Stepanenko. Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus Alexei Stuk received shoulder straps of the state councilor of justice, 3rd class,” Lukashenka's press service reports.
Alexei Stuk is known as a public prosecutor in the case of metro bombing and other explosions. Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou were convicted in the case and sentenced to death, Viasna human rights centre reminds.
Alexei Stuk spoke to the press on several occasions noting that confinement conditions for political prisoners, for example Mikalai Statkevich and Ales Bialiatski, complied with with the crimes they had committed.
Stuk, then prosecutor of Minsk's Leninski district, refused to open a criminal case in 2006 for beating former presidential candidate Aliaksandr Kazulin by policemen.
In 2008, Alexei Stuk, then deputy prosecutor of Minsk, issued warrants to search offices of Belarusian independent media.
Deputy prosecutor general Stuk is on the EU blacklist on the 68th position.