Kremlin insists on Russian air base in Belarus in 2015
Russia’s Defence Minister, General Shoigu, said that in 2015 the airport in Bobruisk would accommodate 12 Russian combat aircrafts "Su-27", two combat-capable aircrafts "Su-27" and four unites of Mi-8 helicopters.
Previous reports said that the Russian airbase would be deployed in Belarus in 2016, i.e. after the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus. The Belarusian leadership wants to strengthen its defence system, but only through the sale or transfer of the Kremlin’s military technology to the Belarusian Air Force. However, Belarus is extremely dependent on Russia’s financial aid and the Belarusian government has fewer resources to resist the Kremlin’s pressure, which has been increasing recently regardless of Belarus’ viewpoints. Nevertheless, Belarus will continue to resist the deployment of a Russian airbase on her territory in 2015.
The Labour and the Tax Ministries are considering the possibility to include persons engaged in some economic activity without forming a legal entity in the social security system. When the decree No 337 comes into effect, the number of private entrepreneurs is likely to reduce due to the possibility of reducing the tax burden when switching to a tax payment as an individual. 95% of self-employed, including PE, pay insurance premiums on the basis of the minimum wage. The number of self-employed citizens is expected to increase, the number of insurance contributions to the pension system from PE will decrease, the number of citizens who will pay a fee to finance government spending will decrease by several tens. Self-employed citizens have the alternative not to pay social security fees and save resources for future pensions, which, given the gradual restriction by the state of pension requirements could be a more long-sighted option.