Belarusian leader wants guarantees of non-interference from Kremlin ahead of presidential elections
During his short vacation in Sochi, President Lukashenko held an informal meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. There were no official reports about the meeting’s agenda, however, the presidents could discuss cooperation within the Eurasian Economic Union and bilateral relations in the light of recession in Russia, which also affected Belarus. Most likely, the Belarusian leader attempted to reassure his Russian counterpart of his commitment to the Eurasian integration amid developments in Belarus’ western policy and requested guarantees of the Kremlin’s non-interference in the presidential campaign in Belarus, as well as requested financial support from the Russian for the Belarusian economy to remedy the crippling recession.
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.