Belarusian authorities bolster anti-corruption campaign to discipline local authorities
Last week, the Investigative Committee detained chairs of Chashniki and Rogachev district executive committees on suspicion of corruption. In the midst of the presidential campaign, the Belarusian authorities have initiated another round of the anti-corruption campaign against the authorities in the regions. Anti-corruption cases have been launched against the most unpopular regional leaders, which will certainly have a positive effect on the ratings of the Belarusian leadership. In addition, before the campaigning stage starts, the central authorities will attempt to discipline local authorities and encourage their active involvement in ensuring the necessary elections results.
The Labour and the Tax Ministries are considering the possibility to include persons engaged in some economic activity without forming a legal entity in the social security system. When the decree No 337 comes into effect, the number of private entrepreneurs is likely to reduce due to the possibility of reducing the tax burden when switching to a tax payment as an individual. 95% of self-employed, including PE, pay insurance premiums on the basis of the minimum wage. The number of self-employed citizens is expected to increase, the number of insurance contributions to the pension system from PE will decrease, the number of citizens who will pay a fee to finance government spending will decrease by several tens. Self-employed citizens have the alternative not to pay social security fees and save resources for future pensions, which, given the gradual restriction by the state of pension requirements could be a more long-sighted option.