Viktor Sheiman is Lukashenka’s envoy in contacts with odious regimes
Belarusian Chief of the Presidential Administration, Viktor Sheiman, has visited Zimbabwe and held talks with the president of this African country. Since his resignation from the Security Council Secretary post in 2008, Sheiman rarely appears in Belarus’ public space. Once having almost unlimited influence on President Lukashenka, still . After 2008, Sheiman somewhat lost the president’s trust for a while, but he is the only member of the Lukashenka’s team, which brought him to power in 1994, who has remained in the power system. Sheiman is often dealing with the most "scrupulous" and secret foreign missions, such as establishing contacts with odious regimes and implementing investment and other projects with questionable reputation outside Belarus.
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.