Authorities increase attention to public safety in Minsk
The Minsk city underground stopped working for three hours on February 26th following a terrorism alert.
It is noteworthy that the number of news reports about incidents in the Minsk metro increases when socio-economic tensions grow in Belarus. In recent months, large population groups have been cut off some state social benefits, resulting in discontent with ongoing socio-economic policies. Furthermore, the recent events in Ukraine have exposed a deep rift in Belarusian society and amplified the radicalization of views in the opposition and the government. If social tensions in society continue to grow, the authorities will demonstrate their control over the infrastructure in Minsk more often.
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.