Positive trade balance to ease currency pressure
According to data published on April 28th, Belarus’ international goods trade in March 2014 was positive at USD 44.5 mln – for the first time since July 2012. Pressure on the Belarusian ruble from enterprises is expected to decrease, administrative restrictions on imports will expand, planned industrial production indicators will be revised, credit support for exports will increase, and prices on export goods will be lowered in order to increase sales volume.
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.