Kremlin helps normalising relations of Belarus with West
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that non-presence of President Lukashenka in Moscow on May 9th was not politically motivated, especially, given that Belarusian troops will take part in the Victory Day parade. Earlier, the president said that he would not be present in Moscow on the Victory Day parade on the Red Square, but would take part in some events on the eve of May 9th. Indeed, in response to Lukashenka’s refusal to attend the parade in Moscow on May 9th, relatively mild comments by the Kremlin media have followed. In Belarus, the population and opposition activists have welcomed his decision. In addition, President Lukashenka has received positive reviews in the western media as a politician, who demonstrated independence from the Kremlin. The Belarusian government is trying to anchor Minsk as a neutral negotiation platform, which has an acceptable level of autonomy from the Kremlin.
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.