The nomenclature continues its attempts to expand the political functions of "Belaja Rus"
At the extended meeting of the national council of the organisation, the chairman of the republican public association ‘Belaja Rus’ Alexander Rad’kov emphasised that so far, in Belarus, there is no political figure comparable with current President Alexander Lukashenko. Despite the fact that ‘Belaja Rus’ is a public association, representatives of the organisation targeted their regional structures at active involvement in the 2015 election campaign at all stages: starting with the formation of election commissions, through observation, nomination of candidates via collection of signatures and, finally, the canvassing campaign. It is noteworthy that the leadership of ‘Belaja Rus’ announced their intentions to collect the required 100 thousand signatures in favour of the incumbent president within 5 days and cover all the polling stations across the country in terms of observation, which, under the existing conditions in Belarus, is a luxury that cannot be afforded by the majority of political parties on their own. The leadership of ‘Belaja Rus’ has harboured desires to occupy a niche of the ‘party of power’ within the Belarusian political system for many years. However, President Lukashenko is still afraid of consolidation of the interests of the nomenclature within the framework of one organisation and does not allow for the significant strengthening of political functions of ‘Belaja Rus’.
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.