Average pay in Belarus fallen since December 2013
According to the National Statistics Committee, in June 2014 the average salary in Belarus was BYR 6 198.5 thousand, or USD 608.
In December 2013, the average salary was USD 615, meaning that wage growth is restrained in the public sector and wage growth capacity is limited in the private sector. Retail sales are anticipated to slow down, as well as their positive influence on GDP growth. Labour outflow to the Customs Union and other countries will increase, and the share of expenditure on services in household consumption will rise due to higher prices. Civil servants’ wages will be increased, but not enough to compensate for the inflation rate.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.