Budget cuts await Belarusian construction sector in 2015
The Council of Ministers has decided to cut funding for the state construction programme for 2015 – from 5.4 million sq. meters to 4.2 million sq. meters. Except for large families, other citizens eligible for state housing, including those working for security forces will be affected by the decision. As a result, the entire construction industry is expected to shrink compared with 2014. Saved budgetary funds – some BYR 2 trillion – may be spent on salaries of workers at loss-making enterprises of mechanical engineering.
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.