Influenced by events in Ukraine, protest activity in Belarus has reduced
‘The Chernobyl Path’, an annual opposition-led demonstration and meeting to commemorate the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, took place in Minsk on April 26th.
Around 500 participants took part in the demonstration and 100 in the meeting - only around half of last year’s turnout. Amid events in Ukraine, protest activity in Belarus has declined. In addition, every year the authorities narrow the framework for opposition-led demonstrations, which also reduce their popularity.
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.