Lukashenko deprives dissenting ex-officials of state pensions
The authorities have made changes to the monthly pensions of some state officials. The list of reasons why they can be deprived of these payments has been expanded. Now, this can be done by the president’s decision.
This also applies to diplomats and some officials who lose their class rank, diplomatic rank or military rank. The changes are stipulated by the decree signed by Alexander Lukashenko.
The monthly pension is assigned to state officials who have reached retirement age, and it can reach up to 75% of the salary.
Class ranks, diplomatic ranks, personal ranks, military ranks are awarded by the president. For example, in June of this year, Lukashenko conferred the military rank of major general on several colonels, as well as the personal rank of state adviser to a representative of the Gomel customs. The current decree also allows Lukashenko to make a decision to deprive such ranks.
Some ambassadors including former ones who, in one way or another, condemned the violence by the security forces or criticized the situation with the presidential elections, have already lost their diplomatic ranks. Among them are Pavel Latushko, Igor Leshchenya and Vasily Markovich.
Pavel Latushko was the ambassador to France. Then he headed the Kupala Theater and was fired after he condemned the brutality of the security forces and called for a legal assessment of their actions.
Former Ambassador of Belarus to Slovakia Igor Leshchenya also spoke out in support of citizens who came out to peaceful protests after the presidential elections and called on the authorities to investigate all cases of torture and beatings of demonstrators. After that, he submitted his resignation letter.
Vasily Markovich was dismissed from the post of Ambassador to Latvia and deprived of his diplomatic rank for improper performance of official duties.
Exports of the HTP to the USA fell by almost 14% this year
Exports of companies that are residents of the High Technologies Park for 9 months of 2020 reached $816 million and decreased by $129 million (13.65%) compared to the same period last year. In the first three quarters of 2019, HTP companies exported more than $945 million to the United States, which accounted for 43% of the total exports of HTP residents. The USA is not only the largest market but also an investor for the HTP. More than 70 companies with American capital are currently operating in the park.
After the presidential elections and the protests that followed, in which many IT specialists took an active part, the HTP faced significant difficulties. A number of companies are relocating their employees (including such giants as Wargaming). In addition, the hiring of foreign specialists fell by almost 14.4 times compared to the first two quarters of 2020. In the third quarter, 52 foreign specialists came to Belarus to work at the HTP, while 699 came in the first and second quarters. In 2019, 1,271 people came to work in the HTP in Belarus.
The Great Stone asked Fransabank for $2.5 million for refinancing
The Chinese-Belarusian company for the development of the industrial park Great Stone took a loan from Fransabank for $2.5 million. The loan was needed to refinance the funds spent by the joint company on the construction of standard production buildings.
7 industrial buildings with a total area of almost 63 thousand square meters, in which 14 companies work, have already been built in the Great Stone for investors. Another building for 10.8 thousand square meters will be commissioned by the end of the year. An object with a similar area is planned to be built next year.
In total, 65 residents were registered in the Great Stone Park. In 2020, their number increased by 10. 50 companies started to work, which is 7 more than a year ago.
In three quarters, the park’s residents’ revenue grew 3.4 times, and the total net loss increased almost five times. Fixed capital investments amounted to 57.8 million rubles ($22.6 million), an increase of 2.7%. The volume of foreign direct investment on a net basis decreased by 7.3%, to $36.6 million. Exports of goods increased 2.4 times, to $54.8 million.
Emergencies Ministry wants to close two dozen establishments in Minsk
Numerous claims were filed from the Ministry of Emergencies to the Economic Court of Minsk against companies that own catering establishments in the capital. The goal is to suspend their activities. The court hearings will begin tomorrow.
In total, the respondent companies own about 20 cafes, bars and restaurants, including the tea shop with a tasting room TeaRoom, Bistro deluxe restaurant, establishments at Oktyabrskaya Street, Brioche chain, ENZO, Let it be, Depot and others. Being forced to close his establishments, restaurateur Vlad Lunevich left Belarus yesterday.
A series of checks from various government agencies took place in Minsk institutions in late October - early November. Officially, cafes and restaurants are fined for violations, but the owners believe that this is the state’s revenge for supporting the call for a general strike on October 26.