Economic insolvency is pushing towards Belarusian Army reform

April 22, 2016 18:43

At a meeting with the Security Council Secretary, Lukashenko requested to conduct spot inspections in the Armed Forces.

Similar practices were introduced in Russia in 2013 and would become common, as President Putin said, during the preparations for the Belarusian-Russian ‘West- 2013’ military exercises. Belarus’ growing dependence on Russia in the military sphere forces her to follow the trends in the Russian armed forces. In addition, a spot inspection in the Armed Forces will allow the Belarusian authorities to identify the most important elements in the defence system, which require modernization as a matter of priority and redistribution of dwindling public funds accordingly.

When the inspection is completed, President Lukashenko will take the final decision about how to reform the Belarusian Army. Most likely, priority will be given to air defence systems, Air Force, and special operations forces.

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The Belarusian authorities have launched a discussion on the moratorium or abolition of the death penalty under the pressure of Belarusian human rights activists and international community. Apparently, the authorities are interested in monitoring public sentiments and response to the possible abolition of the capital punishment. The introduction of a moratorium on the death penalty would depend on the dynamics in Belarusian-European relations, efforts of the civil society organisations and Western capitals.

In Grodno last week, the possibility of abolishing the death penalty in Belarus or introducing a moratorium was discussed.

The Belarusian authorities are likely to continue to support the death penalty in Belarus. During his rule, President Lukashenka pardoned only one person, and courts sentenced to death more than 400 people since the early 1990s. Over the past year, Belarusian courts sentenced to death several persons and one person was executed.

There are no recent independent polls about people’s attitude about the death penalty in Belarus. Apparently, this issue is not a priority for the population. In many ways, public opinion about the abolition of the death penalty would depend on the tone of the state-owned media reports.

That said, the Belarusian Orthodox Church and the Roman-Catholic Church stand for the abolition of the capital punishment, however their efforts in this regard only limit to public statements about their stance. Simultaneously, the authorities could have influenced public opinion about the death penalty through a focused media campaign in the state media. As they did, for example, with the nuclear power plant construction in Astravets. Initially unpopular project of the NPP construction was broadly promoted in the state media, and eventually, according to independent pollsters, was accepted by most population.