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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

The Belarusian authorities aim to retain popular support without making significant transfers to the population

October 1 – October 7

The Belarusian authorities are attempting to reduce budgetary spending through cutting subsidies to resource-intensive industries

September 24 – September 30

The authorities aim to tighten the Internet regulation; the president further rotated regional officials

September 17 – September 23

The government will further cut subsidies to the public sector and social transfers to the population

September 10 – September 16

The new government breaks new ground; the authorities continue to pressure their opponents

September 3 – September 9

The political weight of marketers continued to grow; the information policy is undergoing changes

August 27 – September 2

The public dispute between industrialists and marketeers in the government has resumed; law enforcers are attempting to prevent growth in protests

August 20 – August 26

Lukashenka has appointed a new government, which is likely to tame industrialists’ appetite and whet marketeers’

August 13 – August 19

Law enforcers’ crackdown on independent media; successes of the digital economy

August 6 – August 12