Belarusian authorities start milking large business
One of the most influential businessmen in Belarus from the president’s closest circle, Yuriy Chizh was detained by law enforcement officials last week on corruption charges. Amid dwindling budget revenues, the state is likely to stat milking large businesses, especially those whose well-being is based on the proximity to the president. Yuri Chizh is likely to be released after repaying a certain percentage of revenues gained with the ‘help’ of the authorities. The president is likely to continue with his populist policies as the ‘peoples’ president’ and close monitoring of businessmen and officials.
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.