President Alexander Lukashenko guarantees the preservation of the status quo in terms of the distribution of public funds to the nomenclature
President Alexander Lukashenko signed the Law ‘On the Fight against Corruption’ and the government adopted an action plan to implement President’s directive No. 2 on the de-bureaucratisation of the state apparatus and improving the quality of life of the population. While the election campaign is being launched, the head of the state is trying to secure the populist image of the ‘people’s president’ in public space: the president who conducts anti-corruption struggle against the bureaucratic apparatus; rhetoric which was often repeated during the first half of his rule. However, at the same time, President Alexander Lukashenko signed the Law of the Republic of Belarus ‘On Amendments and Additions to the Law of the Republic of Belarus ‘On Handling the Complaints of Citizens and Legal Entities’. This law introduces additional barriers, including repressive ones, for citizens in regards to their engagement with the bureaucratic apparatus and reduces the public’s ability to influence decisions taken by the officials. As a result, Belarusian society is still incapable of influencing the formation of state policy and exercising control over the distribution of public funds.
President Lukashenka has met with the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, who visited Minsk and the Minsk Automobile Plant. Minsk has always sought to have independent links with Russian regional elites, partially, to compensate for the Kremlin's diminishing interest in Belarus. In recent years, Belarus’ contacts with the Russian regions have been extremely intense. However, with some leaders of Russian regions, primarily heads of large republics, communication was more difficult to build. As many analysts in Minsk suggested, Minsk could regard contacts between President Lukashenka and the head of Chechnya as an additional communication channel for relieving tension in relations with the Kremlin. However, most likely, a trusting relationship with Kadyrov is a value for Minsk as such, provided Kadyrov’s broad business and political interests, and a high degree of autonomy for the Chechen leader from the Kremlin.