Sjarhej Linh studied agricultural science and attended the party college of the CPSU . After that he worked in agriculture. From 1972 to 1982 he was head of the agricultural department of the regional party committee in Minsk. From 1982 he was first deputy chairman and then chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Minsk. From 1986 to 1990 he was chairman of the awards committee and vice chairman of the government planning committee. From 1990 to 1991 he was director of the agricultural department and secretary of the Belarusian Communist Party . After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he took up the post of deputy chairman of the State Planning Committee and the State Committee for Economics and Planning in the now independent Republic of Belarus. From 1994 he was Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Tschyhir . After his resignation on November 18, 1996 in protest against the increasingly autocratic style of rule of President Aljaksandr Lukashenka , Linh was first acting Prime Minister and finally elected by Parliament on February 19, 1997 as the new Prime Minister. On February 18, 2000 Linh was replaced by Uladzimir Yarmoschyn . He then moved to the UN as the representative of Belarus.