Belarus’ government withdraws anti-corruption campaign from limelight

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April 22, 2016 18:58

While visiting a flax plant in the Orsha district, President Lukashenko talked about the failure to meet the modernisation deadlines in the industry and demanded a revival of the Belarusian flax industry.

In mid-August, the new anti-corruption draft law was brought up for public discussion. Since then, the authorities have reduced the anti-corruption rhetoric and public coverage of the issue in the state media. In addition, there was less criticism of state managers for failures to implement state programmes. The authorities are not interested in society participating actively in the anti-corruption campaign, as its main aim is to boost President Lukashenko’s support ratings ahead of elections in 2015. 

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