Biographies of the Belarus KGB chief, Security Council State Secretary and head of Presidential administration

AIA reported yesterday that President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko appointed the same day the KGB security service chief Yury Zhadobin to head the ex-Soviet state's Security Council and appointed his close associate Vadim Zaitsev to replace General Zhadobin as KGB chief, following a rare bomb blast at an outdoor concert. Vladimir Makey became the new head of the presidential administration, becoming Lukashenko's right-hand man within the country's authoritarian executive branch. He replaced Gennady Nevyglas, who was sacked.

Major-General Yury Zhadobin was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, on November 14, 1954. In 1972, he began his career with the USSR Armed Forces. He graduated from the Kazan Higher Tank Command School in 1976 and from the Command department of the Armed Forces Academy in Moscow in 1985. Between 1976 and 1990 served in different command posts in Armed Forces; passing his way from the commander of a tank platoon up to the commander of regiment.

Between 1990 and 1999, he served with Belarus` Civil Defense organization and Interior Troops. In 1999, he was appointed deputy minister of internal affairs and Interior Troops commander. Since September, 2003 he supervised over the Security Service of the President of Belarus. On July 17, 2007, the head of state appointed him to succeed Stepan Sukharenko as the KGB Chairman.

Vadim Zaitsev was born in Ukraine in 1964 in the family of an army officer. He graduated from the Moscow Higher Border Guard Command School of the USSR KGB in 1986 and from the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces in 2004. He worked his way from deputy chief of a border outpost to first deputy chief of the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus.

Since July, 2005, he was the vice-chairman of the State Border Committee - the chief of Central administrative directorate, since April, 2007 - the first vice-chairman of the State Border Committee of Belarus - the chief of staff. On September 29, 2007 he was appointed by the decree of the president the first vice-chairman of the State Border Committee - the chief of Central administrative directorate.

Vladimir Makey was born in the Grodno region on August 5, 1958. In 1980, he graduated from the Minsk State Teachers' Training Institute of Foreign Languages (currently Minsk Linguistic University). He served with the USSR Armed Forces between 1980 and 1992. He received training at the Diplomacy Academy in Vienna in 1992-93. He speaks English and German and holds the military rank of Colonel in reserve.

Makey served at the Belarus Foreign Ministry between 1993 and 2000. In 1993-95 he was the third secretary of the Directorate of Information and Humanitarian Cooperation, the second secretary of the Department of Analysis and Forecasting, the second secretary of the Secretariat of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Belarus. In 1995-1996 worked as the deputy chief of Service of the State Protocol of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He was the representative of Belarus to the Council of Europe and counselor at the Belarusian embassy in France between 1996 and 1999, and the head of the ministry's Pan-European Cooperation Department in 1999 and 2000. In March 2000, he was appointed a presidential aide.