Pavel Seviarynets: Patience of Belarusians wearing thin
7:47, — Politics
Lukashenka raises utility prices to extort money from ordinary people and stay afloat.
Political prisoner Pavel Seviarynets spoke to charter97.org about the growth of utility prices.
“The Belarusian regime has no money. It's obvious. The government wants last cents of Belarusians amid the deep trade deficit and problems with the country's main exporter Belaruskali. Toll roads, utility prices, fines, ets. We all know how the so called system of justice works. They in fact take businessmen hostages. Media don't cover it as the situation of Vladislav Baumgertner, but it is a widely used practice: if a businessman is ready to pay or invest in some projects of the regime, he is set free,” the politician noted.
He adds that the Belarusian regime uses 400 comparatively honest ways of taking money away from the population proposed by Ostap Bender.
“It will undoubtedly increase social tensions. Irrational policy of the Belarusian government and lawless tricks in business and international relations only deteriorate the economic disease. Belarusians will react to this sooner or later. Their patience is wearing thin,” the political prisoner underlined.
He is confident that the Belarusian system remains stable rather due to fear than Lukashenka's approval rating, which he practically doesn't have.
“I'd like to say that no one believes the regime's propagandists and civil servants. If they say utility price will grow gradually, it will be done quickly. If they say no devaluation is expected (we remember this classic example), it means we must be ready for devaluation. People do not trust even those who want to look like supporters of market principles, speak pleasant words and wear suits. The sense is clear. The regime of Lukashenka must quit. Its morale and ideas are out of date,” Pavel Seviarynets said.
We remind that minister of economy Mikalai Snapkou announced a double increase in utility prices.
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