Minsk to restrict activity of Russian nationalists
SB - Belarus Today, the Presidential Administration newspaper, has published an article warning against the participation of Belarusian children in "military-patriotic camps" organised by Russian nationalists in collaboration with the Orthodox Church. Under the pressure of the opposition, the Belarusian authorities are forced to respond to excessive intensity of pro-Russian activists in Belarus. The government understands the dangers of such activity, but it has to act very cautiously. The state is ready to take measures to prevent separatist sentiments, however not by explicitly prohibiting such activities. The Belarusian authorities are carrying out a ‘soft belarusisation’ policy, which is blocked by the Russian World supporters in the echelons of power, who, perhaps, are equal in number with the supporters of Belarus’ independence.
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.