Market oil prices fall, fuel prices rise
Retail prices on diesel and petrol fuel rose by 4.3% in Belarus to compensate for the Belarusian ruble depreciation against the US Dollar.
The Belarusian ruble exchange rate fluctuations since early 2014 were offset by lower market prices on oil. The government has increased fuel prices in order to generate budget revenues. As a result, corporate costs will increase as raw materials and goods will be transported by road; the demand for Belarusian fuel will decrease, reducing sales at garages near the border. However, oil refineries’ profits will increase, meaning additional budget revenues. The government will continue readjusting fuel prices depending on its needs for additional budget revenues (oil prices not being the major factor).
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.