Belarus is trying to improve product sales bypassing Moscow
Some tension in bilateral relations with Russia have urged the Belarusian government to develop relations with Russian regions. Since early 2015, leaders and delegations from four Russian regions – Ingushetia, Udmurtia, Chuvashia and the Chelyabinsk region visited Minsk. Each time, inter alia, state supplies of Belarusian products to these regions have been discussed. Direct contacts with the Russian regions could boost overall Belarusian exports to Russia, however such cooperation should not be too efficient in the eyes of the Kremlin, otherwise the latter will hamper rapprochement between Belarus and Russian governors.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.