The Ministry of Trade will manually regulate settlements in trade
As of July 21, the chain of 177 stores of the retail outlet ‘Dobronom’ is suspended for 90 days for having delayed payments owed to suppliers. The volume of overdue payments of this commercial enterprise amounted to BYR 30 billion, which is less than 2% of the volume of overdue payments to suppliers in the entire retail trade. And the suspension of operation for 90 days will result in the bankruptcy of the retail chain. Actions of the Ministry of Trade will bring about the reduction of arrears to suppliers across all the retail chains but a number of smaller retail businesses will be forced to close or will be taken over by one of the chains. A reduction in the terms of payments between retail chains and suppliers of alcohol and tobacco is also possible. After the repayment of arrears and should there be no further violations, a retail chain will be allowed to continue to operate.
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.