Russia to fund Naftan modernisation
On May 21st, Deputy Prime Minister Semashko announced that a principle agreement had been reached with Russia’s Sberbank regarding a USD 2 billion loan to reconstruct the petrochemical complex Naftan. If completed, this project will increase Naftan’s refining capacity to 6-7 million tons and will improve p-Xylene production economy. Belarus will no longer need to import these products and will have their guaranteed supply to satisfy the needs of the chemical industry. Belarus might also receive loans from other Russian banks to modernise her industry.
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.