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.
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.