Wages continue growing
A minimum wage in the country has been increased by 34%. Therefore an average monthly minimum wage in Belarus has been increased from Br 611 thousand to Br 730 thousand.
The country continues going down the spiral of “expenses – prices”. The Belarusian authorities have ignored the requirements set up by the IMF and Russia regarding the freezing of salaries, pensions and other budgetary sources of income. The Belarusian leadership continues to expect that creditors “will walk in its shoes” and is not yet ready to give full control over the situation to the law enforcement bodies in order to preserve stability.
However, prices rise and will continue rising outrunning indexing of incomes.
The Belarusian authorities regard the Catholic conference as yet another international event to promote Minsk as a global negotiating platform. Minsk’s proposal to organise a meeting between the Roman-Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church is rather an image-making undertaking than a serious intention. However, the authorities could somewhat extend the opportunities for the Roman-Catholic Church in Belarus due to developing contacts with the Catholic world.
Minsk is attempting to lay out a mosaic from various international religious, political and sportive events to shape a positive image of Belarus for promoting the Helsinki 2.0 idea.
Belarus’ invitation to the head of the Holy See for a meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church should be regarded as a continuation of her foreign policy efforts in shaping Minsk’s peacekeeping image and enhancing Belarus’ international weight. The Belarusian authorities are aware that their initiative is unlikely to find supporters among the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In Russia, isolationist sentiments prevail.
In addition, for domestic audiences, the authorities make up for the lack of tangible economic growth with demonstrations of growth in Minsk’s authority at international level through providing a platform for religious, sportive and other dialogues.