World Ice-Hockey Championships: regular operation mode
Before and during the first week of the World Ice Hockey Championship, the police detained some 30 activists across Belarus.
Having the World Ice-Hockey Championships in Minsk had no effect on the political life in Belarus. As expected, the Belarusian authorities have not amnestied political prisoners, but increased the security measures in Minsk, which also implied tighter conditions for the opposition. Intelligence agencies have increased their pressure on opposition activists and independent media not only in Minsk, but also in the regions. Today the Belarusian authorities are busy with organisational modalities and the propaganda machine has not yet used the Championships to ensure growth in popularity of the state institutions, which, however, will be done after the Championships.
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.