Fight for Leadership Among Belarusian émigrés
The media continue to discuss the role of Belarusian émigrés in the fight against Lukashenko’s regime.
Several independent internet media published an article by former Belarusian prosecution officer Dmitry Petrushkevich called “Belarusian opposition Ltd”. The author blames the Belarusian opposition for inefficiencies and suggests revising the history of its foreign funding. He also blames the BNR Rada for a lack of action. Finally, the author offers to establish a new center of resistance in exile.”
The Belarusian opposition is regularly accused of inerita in the media. Efforts are made to establish the centralised control over the management and financing activities of alternative political forces. The discussion is led by former law enforcement officers.
The former commander of the 5th Special Forces separate brigade, Colonel Borodach, and former KGB Major Romanovich, who are both now in exile, have also made similar arguments.
At present, the authors put forward only the ideas which are not supported by any real action, such as organising a nuclear immigrants’ collision. Their initiatives should be viewed as private experimental suggestions.
However, the professional past of discussants will not allow them to gain the trust necessary for organising an efficient center in exile. In March 2012, the BNR Rada gained the support of a number of Belarusian cultural activists and nationally-oriented politicians. They signed a joint statement saying that the BNR Rada is the only authorised representative of the nation abroad.
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.