Belarusian authorities are likely to avoid imbalances in law enforcement through staff layoffs and offering additional benefits
A controversy erupted in the Krychev police department when eleven employees asked the Interior Minister to dismiss their superiors due to "numerous abuses". Apparently, tension in the law enforcement agencies have increased due to cutbacks in welfare and requirements to ensure public safety indicators. That said, recently, the Interior Ministry was in the forefront among public institutions in terms of troublesome incidents. Meanwhile, the law enforcement remains among the most populated and resource consuming public institutions, in which the state preserves high wages as compared with other public institutions. The frequency of controversies in the law enforcement is likely to increase due to cutbacks in wages in the public sector and tough requirements for job duties and functions. Amid layoffs, the Belarusian authorities are likely to boost the loyalty of the law enforcement through ensuring additional benefits.
The Belarusian authorities regard the Catholic conference as yet another international event to promote Minsk as a global negotiating platform. Minsk’s proposal to organise a meeting between the Roman-Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church is rather an image-making undertaking than a serious intention. However, the authorities could somewhat extend the opportunities for the Roman-Catholic Church in Belarus due to developing contacts with the Catholic world.
Minsk is attempting to lay out a mosaic from various international religious, political and sportive events to shape a positive image of Belarus for promoting the Helsinki 2.0 idea.
Belarus’ invitation to the head of the Holy See for a meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church should be regarded as a continuation of her foreign policy efforts in shaping Minsk’s peacekeeping image and enhancing Belarus’ international weight. The Belarusian authorities are aware that their initiative is unlikely to find supporters among the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In Russia, isolationist sentiments prevail.
In addition, for domestic audiences, the authorities make up for the lack of tangible economic growth with demonstrations of growth in Minsk’s authority at international level through providing a platform for religious, sportive and other dialogues.