All trends

The ruling elite

Authorities rely on the large business to bolster economic development; new rules of army service liability prompt resentment in society

June 24 – June 30

The 2nd European Games started without a breakthrough in Belarus’ international reputation

June 17 – June 23

Authorities cave in to pre-empt the politicisation of social protests; security forces loosen the grip

June 10 – June 16

Ideologists polish up Lukashenka’s image before the elections, his rhetoric increasingly resembles campaigning

June 3 – June 9

The Belarusian leadership mulls a political reform; security forces extend repressions

May 27 – June 2

The president pledges state support for the public sector during the elections; law enforcers step up repressions before the European Games

May 20 – May 26

Belarusian president aspires to retain the public sector in the economy; the authorities emphasize the chance for a political reform

May 13 – May 19

The Belarusian authorities transform Victory Day celebrations; security forces attempt to improve their appeal to the population

May 6 – May 12

Market-oriented leaders in the government struggle to mitigate effects of pre-election populism; the authorities hardly sustain the pressure of “Russian World” supporters

April 29 – May 5

The Belarusian authorities have resumed pre-election populism amid attempts to isolate the opposition from the population

April 22 – April 28

The Belarusian president announced a constitutional reform and the 2019 parliamentary elections in the autumn

April 15 – April 21

The president pays a visit to the High Technology Park; law enforcers step up persecution of activists in Brest and raid BelSAT headquarters in Minsk

April 8 – April 14

The president’s order to demolish crosses on the graves of victims of Soviet repression in Kurapaty has been executed in a wink, unlike his other orders

April 1 – April 7

Глава государства снес кресты на могилах жертв советских репрессий, другие поручения президента не выполняются

April 1 – April 7

President starts campaigning; authorities send conflicting signals to the economy

March 25 – March 31

The Belarusian authorities envisage economic development at the expense of local SMEs; law enforcers have stepped up pressure on the opposition

March 18 – March 24

The authorities make further preparations for the start of the 2019/2020 election campaign, yet there is no consensus in the echelons of power regarding changes in the political system design

March 11 – March 17

State ideologues attempt to improve Lukashenka’s election image; security forces attempt to restrict protest activity with fines

March 4 – March 10

The Belarusian authorities start preparations for the elections; law enforcers step up pressure on the opposition

February 25 – March 3

The Government shapes market agenda; dates of election campaigns yet have not been set

February 18 – February 24

Belarusian authorities enhance financial discrimination of the opposition and civil society and plan to regain an information monopoly

February 11 – February 17

Supporters of market reforms have somewhat strengthened their positions; the authorities aspire to improve the quality and popular support for draft legislation

February 4 – February 10

The president optimized public spending on education; law enforcers enhance pressure on business and state corporations to replenish the state budget

January 28 – February 3

The president resumes the anti-corruption rhetoric amid economic liberalization talks

January 21 – January 27

The Belarusian President picks up independence rhetoric from the opposition and strengthens local executive vertical before the elections

January 14 – January 20

The election campaign in Belarus begins with the mobilisation

January 7 – January 13

Review 2018: measured economic reforms closely supervised by security forces

January 7 – January 13

The president has focused on reaching out to new audiences; law enforcers have stepped up repression

December 10 – December 16

The Belarusian authorities cut back public sector spending and enforce a decree against social dependents

December 3 – December 9

The state has focused on micromanaging the public sector and tightening the screws for political parties and independent media

November 26 – December 2

The Belarusian authorities tighten the Internet regulation; the president resumes the anti-corruption rhetoric

November 19 – November 25

The Belarusian authorities start preparations for the upcoming elections; law enforcers continue to exert pressure on the political opposition

November 12 – November 18

The Belarusian authorities respond to market demands of the population and continue to put pressure on trade unions and media organisations

November 5 – November 11

The authorities promise Chinese loans to loyal businesses; law enforcers step up targeted repressions

October 29 – November 4

The president curbed government’s market aspirations until after the elections

October 22 – October 28

Rejuvenation of the Belarusian state machinery is ongoing; the government is promoting reforms

October 15 – October 21

The Belarusian authorities aim to improve their popularity among market oriented voters and to mobilise regional authorities

October 8 – October 14