All trends

The ruling elite

Reformists prompted a public debate about economic reforms; the president rotates staff in the wake of prosecution for corruption

May 28 – June 3

The Belarusian authorities have resumed industrial modernisation investing hopes in the state sector

May 21 – May 27

The government has frozen wage growth; unregistered NGOs are facing economic, rather than criminal penalties

May 14 – May 20

Belarusian ideologists are outplayed by Kremlin propagandists; security forces step up the pressure on independent media and trade unions

May 7 – May 13

Public debate about the constitutional referendum is unlikely; reformists’ influence on the state economic policy has subsided

April 23 – April 29

Ideologists lobby Internet restrictions; law enforcement relaxed the pressure on the opposition

April 16 – April 22

State-run media musters to enhance impact on public opinion, law enforcement steps up pressure on agriculture

April 16 – April 22

The president comes down on agrarians; local authorities are put in charge of the fight against “social dependants”

April 2 – April 8

The authorities improve relations with business; law enforcement has weakened the financial capacity of the protest movement

March 26 – April 1

The authorities step up repressions before Freedom Day; law enforcement focuses on persecuting middle managers for corruption

March 19 – March 25

The state proposes development opportunities for IT and education for national democrats should they waive claims to political power

March 12 – March 18

The state structures relations with local authorities and business

March 5 – March 11

The president slams the government; state ideologues promote a loyal attitude towards the Belarusian People’s Republic

February 26 – March 4

The authorities stimulate business activity in the regions; the power block steps up pressure on the opposition

February 19 – February 25

The Belarusian authorities willing to move ahead with gradual economic liberalisation but not even minimal democratisation

February 12 – February 18

The president replaced heads of major media organisations; the authorities attempted to discredit opposition election observation

February 5 – February 11

The power block has a priority in the state policy; the state has stepped up control over the IT industry

January 29 – February 4

The Information Ministry has enhanced the Internet censorship; an updated version of the decree on social dependants has been approved

January 22 – January 28

The Belarusian leadership is wary of nomenclature’s ambitions; candidates from pro-governmental parties have increased in number

January 15 – January 21

The authorities kept the local elections low profile and the power block focused on large retailers

January 8 – January 14

Annual review 2017: a subtle request for updates in the institutional design of power

January 1 – January 7

The authorities encourage business initiative, enhance domestic security and bolster pressure on independent media

December 11 – December 17

The Belarusian authorities demonstrate interest in further visa liberalization; the media coverage of the local elections has increased

December 4 – December 10

The trend towards economic liberalization has anchored; the president focused on the regions

November 20 – November 26

The Belarusian authorities curb political activity during the election campaign and resume populism

November 13 – November 19

The Belarusian leadership restrains economic reforms and disregards requests for political reforms from some executives

November 6 – November 12

Law enforcement steps up pressure on protest leaders; reformists promote their agenda at KEF-2017

October 30 – November 5

The Belarusian government is redistributing state support and reforming housing and communal services due to cooperation with international banks

October 23 – October 29

The state is relaxing business environment to make up for reduced social protection

October 16 – October 22

Belarusian authorities weaken pressure on business, but gloss over security forces pressure on opposition

October 9 – October 15

Lukashenka retains monopoly in determining security policy of Belarus

October 9 – October 15

Belarusian authorities bolster tension in protest movement and relax business environment

October 2 – October 8

State aid unlikely to resolve problems with Belarusian economy

September 11 – September 17