Minsk creates positive information environment for oil and gas settlement with Kremlin

September 12, 2016 10:33

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that reports about preliminary approval of the cheaper gas price for Belarus were false. Apparently, as Russia delays the final decision, Belarus has exhausted arguments and patience in negotiations with Russia over oil supplies to Belarus and over reduced gas price. The Belarusian government is attempting to create a positive information background in order to impose its conditions onto the Kremlin in oil and gas tension. The president has publicly supported the act of a representative from the Belarusian delegation, who carried the Russian flag during the Paralympics 2016 opening in Rio de Janeiro, which caused a public outcry in Russian society and joyful comments by Russian officials. The Belarusian authorities are also taking decisive and tough measures to counter the opposition activity, which could be negatively perceived in Russia. In all likelihood, Minsk is counting on political loyalty demonstrations and on creating a positive image of the Belarusian authorities in Russian society in order to settle the long-running dispute over oil and gas supplies.

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The Belarusian authorities have launched a discussion on the moratorium or abolition of the death penalty under the pressure of Belarusian human rights activists and international community. Apparently, the authorities are interested in monitoring public sentiments and response to the possible abolition of the capital punishment. The introduction of a moratorium on the death penalty would depend on the dynamics in Belarusian-European relations, efforts of the civil society organisations and Western capitals.

In Grodno last week, the possibility of abolishing the death penalty in Belarus or introducing a moratorium was discussed.

The Belarusian authorities are likely to continue to support the death penalty in Belarus. During his rule, President Lukashenka pardoned only one person, and courts sentenced to death more than 400 people since the early 1990s. Over the past year, Belarusian courts sentenced to death several persons and one person was executed.

There are no recent independent polls about people’s attitude about the death penalty in Belarus. Apparently, this issue is not a priority for the population. In many ways, public opinion about the abolition of the death penalty would depend on the tone of the state-owned media reports.

That said, the Belarusian Orthodox Church and the Roman-Catholic Church stand for the abolition of the capital punishment, however their efforts in this regard only limit to public statements about their stance. Simultaneously, the authorities could have influenced public opinion about the death penalty through a focused media campaign in the state media. As they did, for example, with the nuclear power plant construction in Astravets. Initially unpopular project of the NPP construction was broadly promoted in the state media, and eventually, according to independent pollsters, was accepted by most population.