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Residents of a protesting neighborhood in Minsk were left without water for three days, and the city authorities are going to determine all the protesting territories and introduce patrols there. Belarus, November 18, 2020

In the Novaya Borovaya neighborhood in Minsk, hot and cold water appeared at last, after having disappeared on Sunday. Residents see the cutoff as revenge for their protest. The authorities in the capital are going to designate “protest ghettos” for increased patrolling. In Belarus, record-breaking 1,309 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed yesterday while half of the companies have no financial cushion in case of the second wave.

Water supply in the Novaya Borovaya neighborhood in Minsk restored on the third day

Residents of the Novaya Borovaya neighborhood at about 4 AM found that hot and cold water finally appeared in their homes. Although, they don’t dare to drink the water yet.

Assistant to the President for Minsk, Alexander Barsukov, confirmed that the specialists had been carrying out the restoration work and flushing the water supply networks all night, and samples were taken for laboratory control of water quality. After receiving positive results, the water supply was fully restored this morning.

There was no water supply in the protesting neighborhood Novaya Borovaya for three days. Because of this, the residents had to carry water in bottles and buckets and the school was closed there on Tuesday. When the water supply was broken, someone brought white-red-white dry closets to the neighborhood. Residents consider all this to be revenge for the protests in the neighborhood. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won at two polling stations in Novaya Borovaya, and after the elections, residents of the neighborhood are actively hoisting white-red-white flags.

Specialists of the service organization “Minskvodokanal” said that someone could have deliberately damaged the valve in the water supply system; this information was later confirmed by the mayor of Minsk. In addition, heating was lost in some houses yesterday morning but was restored on the same day.

After the serious publicity of the problem in Novaya Borova yesterday, Alexander Lukashenko personally instructed Barsukov and the capital’s commissioner Natalya Kochanova to deal with the situation.

As soon as the problems with water in Novaya Borovaya became public, caring residents of Minsk immediately created a Telegram chat. 18 thousand offers of assistance to residents of the affected neighborhood appeared in it during the day. They were asked to come to wash, eat, and sometimes even live for a few days until the problem is fixed. Volunteers actively brought water to the neighborhood. Hundreds of bottles were left near the entrances and on the central square of Novaya Borovaya.

Minsk authorities are going to designate “protest ghettos” for increased patrolling

The “restoration of order” in Minsk will be concentrated on the territories “subject to the influence of destructive citizens and damage to property.” The city authorities are going to define from 3 to 6 such territories in each district of the city. Police patrols will be reinforced there.

After rigging of the presidential elections, residents of many houses in residential areas began to express their protest in courtyards. They hang white-red-white flags, paint benches in these colors, hang white and red ribbons. In some courtyards, walls of electric power substations are painted with protest murals. All this activity is constantly eliminated by utility people under the supervision of security forces, and then residents make their yards white-red-white again with even greater zeal. Authorities say that this outrages many of the neighbors.

Deputy Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Artem Tsuran promises that the list of protest territories will be published and “explanatory work” with citizens will be intensified in these places. Also, a specific official will be responsible for each of the territories.

The deputy of the Minsk City Council Roman Nikonov explained that there would be no special events in the city. According to him, the authorities will designate “points of pain” and “greatest activity.” In these places, more attention is promised to a “dialogue with citizens.” He also assured that there are a lot of applications from citizens “who want the order to be restored.”

“If we are talking about joint homeownership, where someone wants to draw something, then some measures are needed to coordinate all this with the majority of the population living in this territory,” he said.

Yesterday Lukashenko demanded that the officials restore order in Minsk. He spoke out sharply against spontaneous memorials, such as those made throughout the city in memory of the murdered Roman Bondarenko.

More than 50% of Belarusian companies have no financial cushion in case of the second wave of COVID-19

In Belarus, 52.5% of companies did not provide for a financial safety cushion in case of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. These are the data of the survey conducted by the Bitrix24 service.

Moreover, 58.5% of organizations did not prepare for the second wave at all. Although 34.8% turned out to be prudent and believe that they have enough financial reserves for about 3 months.

As for remote work, 52.2% of companies switched to this mode in whole or in part due to the second wave.

At the same time, 64.4% of companies are increasing online sales in response to a new round of the pandemic.

The rise in new cases of COVID-19 has also affected the labor market. 45.8% of companies started hiring fewer new employees.

The number of confirmed daily cases of the incidence of coronavirus today exceeded 1,300 in Belarus. According to the Ministry of Health, as of November 18, 118.8 thousand people were registered with a positive test for COVID-19. There are 1,309 new cases.


In this section you will find information about Belarus. Professional journalists from the independent non-state publication officelife.media (location - Minsk) tell about what is really happening in Belarus. No political accents or ideological attitudes. Only the most important facts so that you understand the essence of what is happening in this corner of Europe.