Belarusian authorities forced to cut back social support
As of 2015, Communal Housing organisations in Minsk will be restructured and will lose their autonomy, thus becoming structural entities of Housing Repairs and Utilities Organisation.
The Belarusian authorities have been prompted to reform the housing and communal services due to the lack of resources to maintain its socio-economic model. Disregarding the upcoming presidential campaign in 2015, they will reduce social support for the population. In addition, despite opposition from some reluctant nomenclature, the Belarusian government will take steps towards some economic reforms, inter alia, with technical assistance from the EU.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.