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Belarusian authorities will redistribute pension funds to ensure loyalty of security forces

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April 03, 2017 13:01

The Belarusian authorities may review insurance requirements for some groups of citizens. The Belarusian leadership seems ready to return pension guarantees for some population groups, which, is probably due to the decision to optimize the law enforcement and judicial systems. For instance, the authorities aim to strengthen the loyalty of law enforcement employees by returning additional pension benefits for them, which is important in the view of envisaged layoffs. In addition, the Belarusian authorities are prompted to return pension guarantees to some vulnerable groups in order to relieve tension and reduce negative attitudes in society. The authorities are likely to review pension guarantees in terms of the insurance period in respect of a narrow social group, which, however, would have the strongest propaganda effect on public opinion, for example, for mothers with four and more children.

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