Authorities intensify repression to prevent ‘revolutionary’ moods from spreading across Belarus
BATE Borisov football fans who had held a rally in support of the Ukrainian Maidan were detained and sentenced to five days in jail for unauthorised picketing.
Events in Ukraine have prompted discussions in Belarusian society about possible ways to democratise Belarus and have strengthened positions of the ‘revolutionary’ scenario supporters. Regardless of the shrinking ‘social’ benefits for the population, the vast majority of Belarusians is not ready to repeat the Maidan scenario in Belarus. Nevertheless, the authorities intensify preventive measures to reduce civil activity.
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.