State-owned enterprises to list additional BYR 680 billion to state budget
The Council of Ministers has ordered the most profitable Belarusian companies to list part of their net profits from 2014 totalling BYR 680 billion to the National Development Fund. Potash producers and pipeline transport enterprises will carry the heaviest burden. In the future, the list of companies may expand based on their financial performance. In addition, the state may increase financial audit of enterprises in order to gain additional budgetary proceeds from penalties and fines. In response, enterprises may start spending more on improving their material base thus reducing nominal profits. In addition, local authorities may put pressure on private enterprises in order to gain funds for their needs.
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.