Wage arrears continue to grow
As of March 1st, 2015, 500 enterprises had wage arrears, totalling BYR 300 billion. In February 2015, the amount of debt increased by 75.8%. Due to the economic situation, wage arrears will continue to grow, including in private sector. Retail sales might reduce, the number of job seekers on the labour market might increase, and the population might increase the share of late payments for utility services and consumer loans.
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.