Highly profitable enterprises in Belarus forced to share profits
In November – December 2014, 11 highly profitable enterprises in Belarus will transfer part of their profits (totalling BYR 677 billion) to the National Development Fund.
Belaruskali will pay the largest share - more than BYR 442 billion, thus partially compensating for the losses from the abolition of the potash export duty. Financial health and investment activity of enterprises subject to the regulation will reduce. State control over the activities of non-state economic sector will increase in order to replenish the state budget. In addition, the state might strengthen liability of enterprises and citizens for various violations in the economic sphere. Non-core governmental programmes might not receive full funding in order to implement budgetary savings.
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.