More than 325 people detained in Minsk at protest actions on Sunday
This Sunday, protesters chose a new decentralized protest format. People gathered in their courtyards, and then united at some points in their residential areas. They decided not to go on one big march, as before, because the security forces had not allowed people to get together for last month.
It looks like the new action format worked. The number of detainees exceeded 325 people. This is noticeably less than several previous Sundays. For example, on November 15, security officials detained about 1,300 people.
At least 13 people, according to volunteers, required medical attention. Many detainees were taken to medical institutions from the police department. The security forces used stun grenades to disperse the protesters.
On Sunday, mobile Internet was turned off and some subway stations were closed in Minsk, which has become usual after the elections.
Tihanovskaya asks the EU to recognize the Belarusian security forces as terrorist organizations
Former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya initiates the launch of the process of recognizing the Belarusian security forces involved in dispersing peaceful protests as terrorist organizations.
Tikhanovskaya met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Stefan Blok. They discussed the issue of an international investigation into the actions of the current leadership of Belarus, including the launch of the process of recognizing the security forces as terrorist organizations, Tikhanovskaya’s Telegram channel reported.
“All employees of those organizations who don’t quit before the end of the investigation will be recognized as accomplices and will receive sanctions and seizure of property. Only those security officials who will go over to the side of the people can count on amnesty,” Tikhanovskaya said.
Former director of the Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences, who reported on the low rating of Lukashenko, was fired
Gennady Korshunov, former director of the Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, was finally dismissed from the institution. This was reported by his daughter.
“My father was fired from the post of director of the Institute of Sociology but he remained there as a researcher and doctoral student,” the message says. But he was finally fired. “I’m glad for my dad, now there are no toxic obligations over him,” the sociologist’s daughter wrote.
Korshunov resigned from the post of director of the Institute of Sociology in September, after two years of work. In the spring, the institute’s research data, unpleasant for Alexander Lukashenko, got into the public space, according to which the level of trust in Lukashenko was 24% in Minsk, and the level of trust in the Central Election Commission was 11%. Korshunov later confirmed this information.
Fitch Ratings has revised Outlook for three Belarusian insurance companies to Negative
Fitch Ratings has revised Outlook for three Belarusian insurance companies (Belgosstrakh, Beleximgarant and the Belarusian National Reinsurance Organization) from Stable to Negative and affirmed their Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) Rating at 'B'.
The revision of the Outlook follows a similar action on Belarus’s sovereign Long-Term Local Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) on 13 November 2020.
The rating continues to reflect the insurers’ 100% state ownership and capital support from the state when needed. In addition, the rating reflects the leading market positions of the insurers in their key business segments, their sustainable profit generation and the fairly low quality of investment portfolio.
The rating of Belgosstrakh also benefits from state guarantees for insurance liabilities under compulsory lines.
A positive factor for Belgosstrakh’s rating is the fact that it benefits from state guarantees for insurance liabilities under compulsory lines, and for Beleximgarant, state guarantees for compulsory and export credit insurance.