All trends

The ruling elite

Law enforcers maintain a stronghold in the economy; the government counts on digital technologies to boost public sector’s performance

December 9 – December 15

As the presidential elections draw closer, the political weight of security forces and parliament is increasing

December 2 – December 8

Reformists strengthen their positions in power echelons; law enforcers persecute activists

November 25 – December 1

The government promises further improvements in the business environment; the authorities are likely to offer pay-rises to different groups before the presidential elections

November 18 – November 24

Private-public “partnership” in IT education; law enforcers attempt to adjust street activity

November 11 – November 17

Authorities resume the constitutional reform debate; law enforcers step up pressure on the protest movement

November 4 – November 10

Authorities put off unpopular measures until after the elections; law enforcers put pressure on anarchists

October 28 – November 3

Security officials aim to retain influence on the economy; authorities accumulate resources for the presidential elections

October 21 – October 27

The authorities hedge on unpopular measures; IT is lobbying an educational reform

October 7 – October 13

Authorities discuss liberalization with business, the National Bank explores banks’ capacities to invest in 11 regions

September 30 – October 6

Authorities support the loyal large business; law enforcers put financial pressure on activists and bloggers

September 23 – September 29

The president has set the limits for public pressure on public authorities and put aside the party system development

September 16 – September 22

Staff reshuffles instead of the economic policy amid growing competition for public funds

September 9 – September 15

Belarusian authorities attempt to depoliticize protest groups; the government further liberalizes business environment

September 2 – September 8

Ideology departments undergo a modernization of operations; the president avoids speaking about reforms

August 19 – August 25

The Belarusian authorities envisage gradual economic transformations; the president interferes in a dispute between law enforcers and judiciary

August 12 – August 18

Law enforcers step up the anti-corruption pressure

August 5 – August 11

The Parliamentary elections this autumn are likely to follow past practices; authorities abandon pre-election populism

July 29 – August 4

The Belarusian authorities decriminalize business environment and further put financial pressure on the opposition

July 22 – July 28

As the government moves towards liberalization, law enforcers drive in the opposite direction

July 15 – July 21

Belarusian authorities reanimate partisan development discussions and abandon populism

July 8 – July 14

The Belarusian authorities have become more responsive to demands of non-political protest groups; law enforcers have stepped up pressure on the public sector

July 8 – July 14

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