Most economic sectors unlikely to cut costs by 25% in the short term
According to the National Statistics Committee, in 2015, production costs reduced by BYR 7 per BYR 1000 or by 0.8% as compared with 2014. In some branches of industry and agriculture, the level of costs was critically high (over BYR 900 per BYR 1000 of output), the bulk of cost reduction was due to lower depreciation and containment of labour costs. Most economic sectors are unlikely to meet the requirement to reduce costs. In oil refining and electric power production, the cost reduction is only possible due to the fall in prices for imported raw materials. Only economic sectors with high proportion of labour costs in the overall costs (retail, IT, banks) are able to reduce costs significantly, which however is likely to deteriorate the quality of the service. In industry, cost reduction is possible within 10-15%, due to a reduction in the cost of purchased raw materials and a reduction in corruption during procurement.
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.