Belarusian president softens anti-corruption prosecution to sing loyalty of nomenclature
Last week, President Lukashenka decided on the early release of Former Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Arkhipov and appointed him as director of ‘Petrovichi’ agricultural enterprise. Arkhipov was released of his duties and fired from the prosecutor’s office, and subsequently sentenced to six years imprisonment in a penal colony for the abuse of power and taking bribes. It should be noted that amendments to the Belarusian legislation have somewhat softened penalties for corruption charges and enabled voluntary transfer of "expensive gifts" to the state. Throughout his rule, Lukashenka quite often released high level officials early. Amid deteriorating economic situation, the president is taking additional measures to preserve the solidity of the power system and ensure the loyalty of the nomenclature by easing corruption prosecution.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.