Opposition fails to attract more participants in its events
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Belarus’ independence, the opposition organised several events in Minsk. However, unlike the celebration of the Declaration of Sovereignty of Belarus, the 25th Anniversary of Belarus’ independence was less popular among the population. Party activists and opposition supporters were scattered among different initiative in Minks and regions: the centre-right propaganda picket near Komarovsky market, the BPF rally near the Sports Palace, the unauthorized procession organised by the "Malady Front" and other regional initiatives. Many activities with a small number of participants have created the impression of a larger participation. That said, the authorities also emphasized the importance of the independence and sovereignty of Belarus in their rhetoric and almost did not interfere with the oppositional activity.
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.