Belarusian authorities not to abolish death penalty regardless of social pressure and recommendations from Western capitals
Belarus is the last country in Europe exercising the death penalty. As usual, the Belarusian authorities are willing to negotiate the abolition of the death penalty, but unlikely to take any action. It should be noted, however, that the president talked about the probability of a referendum, which, could include questions about abolishing the death penalty in the country. Meanwhile, in the past, the Belarusian authorities repeatedly stated the intention to review approaches to the death penalty. The Belarusian authorities are likely to engage in discussions with MEPs about the abolition of the death penalty, but unlikely to take the decision.
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.