As net proceeds fall, government contemplates state support for enterprises
Belarus’ net proceeds fell by 40 % compared with 2012, suggesting that production costs increased against revenues, tax revenues fell and investment opportunities reduced. It is anticipated that the government will increase various subsidies, will compensate for high interest rates on loans in different industrial sectors, will optimize the number of employees at enterprises, will seek additional revenues to the state budget and will lift some restrictions on prices for industrial enterprises.
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.