Kremlin is ready to provide limited financial assistance to Minsk

April 22, 2016 18:54

Whether the EurAsEC’s Anti-Crisis Fund Council allocates the final USD 400 million tranche to Belarus will be decided in late 2014.

The official reason for the delay is the lack of harmonization of all issues, although earlier, Russia’s Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov suggested that Belarus could receive the sixth tranche within the EurAsEC Anti-Crisis Fund’s loan in September-October 2014. In June 2014 Belarus received a substantial USD 2 billion loan from Russia’s VTB Bank, which helped her to safeguard the international reserves and to postpone the national currency’s devaluation. The Kremlin’s financial aid to Belarus is just enough to maintain some socio-economic stability in the country, but insufficient to support economic growth and improve people’s well-being. In the future, Russia will preserve this approach to dealing with Belarus and will put forward harsher requirements for Belarus to privatise her large assets. 

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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.