No mass layoffs at large state enterprises ahead of presidential campaign

April 22, 2016 19:03

MAZ employees in Minsk have been sent on forced leave until January 12th, 2015, and ‘Gomselmash’ management have prompted employees to take 4-6 unpaid leave days each month.

As expected, the decline in the competitiveness of Belarusian products on the Russian market and the deteriorating economic situation in Russia are interfering with the work of Belarusian enterprises which are mainly oriented towards Russian market. However, ahead of the 2015 presidential campaign the Belarusian authorities will not allow mass layoffs at the large state-owned enterprises and will not change the social economic policy. The authorities will seek to ensure social and political stability by expanding part-time employment and by reducing wages - but not below the acceptable level.

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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.