Eurasian integration: ‘more for less’
Belarus considers the issue of oil product export duties as ‘decided’, following the decision of the Eurasian Economic Commission Board adopted in summer 2013.
Back then, the parties endorsed an agreement to remove such exemptions. However, abolishing export duty payments does not guarantee that Belarus will receive the desired budget revenues, because Russia has adopted compensatory measures to replenish her budget. Meanwhile, in economic and political terms, new Russian subsidies will be more costly for Belarus than before. Nevertheless, President Lukashenko may bargain additional resources from Russia to hold the 2015 presidential campaign.
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.