Kanopatskaya may grasp opportunity to unite opposition in regions
Anna Kanopatskaya, an MP from the opposition, urged last week to abolish the decree "on social parasites" and hold a tax amnesty. A United Civic Party member, Anna Kanopatskaya, is demonstrating loyalty to her party and is willing to exploit her parliamentary opportunities for collaboration with other members of the centre-right coalition. The MP has voiced a number of initiatives, yet it is not clear which social groups would become a priority in her activities. By raising a large number of issues using her MP mandate, she may atomise her efforts, and be unable to apply the necessary pressure on the authorities on the most important issues for the opposition. In the near future, the UCP is likely to use the potential of MP Kanopatskaya to unite opposition structures within the centre-right coalition in the regions.
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.