The state is increasingly concerned with the patriotic education of the youth
At the seventh plenary session of the Voluntary Association for Assistance to Army, Air Force and Navy of CIS the interim Belarusian secretary of the Security Council Stanislau Zas’ underlined that during the last few years the feeling of patriotism in the Russian society has grown immensely. At the same time despite the attempts of the Belarusian authorities to promote “deep patriotism” as a state ideology the level of loyalty of the population to the state raises concerns – especially in the context of the conflict in the Ukraine and a deep split caused by it within the Belarusian society. However, Belarusian authorities attempt to adopt the rhetoric of their opponents on the value of independence and sovereignty. Despite that fact the authorities are still not ready to allow citizens to influence state policies more actively.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.