Belarusian meat products supply to Russia could increase
On January 24th, African swine fever (ASF) hit Lithuania. This means that a ban may be placed on the supply of pork from Lithuania, and pork supply from all EU countries may be suspended.
EU supplies make up about 60% of pork imports in Russia. If pork supplies from the EU are completely suspended, meat prices will increase by 10%-15% in Russia and the demand for pork meat from Belarus will go up.
And on January 27th, Rosselkhoznadzor (the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) announced that temporarily imposed limitations on the supply of pork products from Mogilev enterprises had been lifted.
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.