Belarus’ authorities maintain high level of repression against opposition
Pavel Vinogradov, an activist from Zmena youth organisation was arrested ahead of the CIS and EEU Summit.
Regardless of the authorities’ desire to defrost relations with the EU and the US, the Belarusian security forces have not changed their repressive means towards the opposition - especially the youth activists- by using the same tactics that they usually employ before major international events. Meanwhile, seven prisoners, whom human rights activists and the opposition consider as political prisoners, are still behind bars. Ahead of the presidential campaign, the authorities are most likely to maintain a high level of repressions against the opposition in order to eliminate threats from the most radical opposition activists.
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.