Preparing for the 2012 Elections. Mogilev
The state of the ideological work in labor collectives of the city and measures to improve it were discussed during a regular meeting of the Mogilev City Council.
The Deputy Cchairman of the Executive Committee Igor Shardyko, said that a strategically verified system of ideological work was organized in Mogilev. Among other things, the Vice-Mayor expressed hope, “we can work out the 2012 elections in a proper manner" (at the same time he made a reservation that opposition is planning surprises).
Head of the Ideological Department of the Eexecutive Committee Alla Galushko reported that there were over 500 ideological workers in the city. In their work they use various means: traditional (lectures and seminars) and new (internet forums, etc.). Currently, the city has over 400 information and propaganda groups.
It is worth to mention that such preparations by the local authorities to the “minor” elections (i.e. Parliamentary elections in Belarus) well in advance could be explained by the reduced level of confidence of the administration in its authority. During the aforementioned meeting, the Chairman of the Mogilev City Council Stanislav Borodavko noted that “in many respects, our ideology is based on the material well-being of the citizens”, therefore he called for careful compliance with the wage growth plans. Note that the official makes this declaration when real salaries of employees of the leading regional enterprises are decreasing. Compared with salaries paid on the eve of the Presidential elections, current pay in Mogilev decreased by 300-400 thousand rubles. For instance, reduction of wages was reported by the following companies: Mogilev Heating Systems, Mogilevliftmash, Mogilev Plant Strommashina, etc.
Last week, Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei participated in the foreign ministers’ meeting of the Eastern Partnership and Visegrad Group initiative hosted by Warsaw. The Belarusian FM emphasized Belarus' interest in cooperation in the transport sector, which could be due to Belarus’ desire to export electricity surplus after Belarus finished construction of the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets. Minsk expressed concerns about Warsaw’s stance on the Belarusian NPP, as it refused to buy electricity from Belarus and supported Vilnius’ protest on this issue. Following accusations by the Belarusian leadership and the state media against western states, including Poland, of training "nationalist militants", Minsk did not agree on the visit of the European Parliament deputies from Lithuania and Germany to Belarus and to the NPP construction site near Ostrovets in particular. In addition, the Belarusian authorities have stepped up efforts to enforce education in Russian in Polish-language schools in Grodno and Vaukavysk. Should a rift in Belarusian-Polish relations persist, the Belarusian authorities are likely to step up the pressure on the Polish-speaking minority in Belarus.