Commemoration of victims of Stalinist repression: Statkevich holds on to protest strategy
On October 29th, 2915, a street action with about 120 participants was held near the KGB building in the centre of Minsk to commemorate the victims of Stalinist repression. Mikola Statkevich, who continued his attempts to expand the ‘freedom space’, initiated the action.
The participants lined up with candles in their hands in front of the building, and then left the candles on the steps at the KGB’s main entrance. This was the fourth protest action held by Mikola Statkevich. It should be noted that despite the fact that no arrests have been reported the number of participants has not grown compared with the earlier actions.
On the night of October 29th -30th, 1937, more than 100 representatives of the Belarusian national elite – writers, poets, scientists and public figures were executed in the NKVD building in Minsk (now the KGB headquarters).
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.