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From Decree No3 to Belarus - Russia relations: discussions held over President Lukashenko's meeting

The subjects which were brought up by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko are being actively discussed in families, in mass media and in the expert community.

Citizens:
People must work and earn money. But everything, I mean tax letters, was done to quickly.

The Decree needs to be looked into more thoroughly.

A special approach should be taken towards the situation. Belarus is not Russia.

I know people who don’t work and never did. What do they live on? But they use the same services as we do.

All of us live, we must pay tax. I suppose that this was the main idea of the Decree.

Tatiana Saiganova, Deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
Decree No. 3  made people think. I thought to myself that all my life I have been working for the government and I pay taxes. Nevertheless, my neighbor, who has an off-the-books job, built a house. But our children attend the same school, our parents-pensioners go to the same surgery.

Dmitry Shevtsov, Deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
The decree “On prevention of social dependency” made some categories of Belarusians citizens, there are not many of them, shake up a bit and now they are beginning to think. It is not a secret that many people have stepped out of the shade.

Igor Marzaliuk, Deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
This Decree is moral. The effect here is not financial. Those who can work and must work,must pay the social tax. But on the other hand, those people who unduly obliged to pay the tax due to the fault of public officials must be taken out of the perimeter of this entire situation.

Elena Anisim, Deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
This idea was announced at the highest of levels. Listen to the people, do everything possible so that people feel improvement of their lives. Only together we can hold on to Belarus, and only together we can make our lives better. If we listen to one another, and may be even criticize one another, but this has to be taken in good sense.

Alexander Shpakovsky, a political expert:
In some sence the government has heard the desires of some Belarusians. However, there will always be political powers which will gamble on people’s mood, and to my mind, the have little to do with people’s aspiration. Virtually, people protest against economical deterioriation, aginst some reforms, which are being undertaken by Belarusian government. Indeed, no one has yet explained to people at the level of local authorities that these reforms ae not only the government’s wish, but it is a necessity caused by the external situation in economy. In the two years of financial crisis in Russia, Belarus lost 12 billion of export earnings, and because of the military conflicts in Ukraine, Belarus lost 3 billion. All in all, 15 billion of export revenues were washed away from Belarus’ economy.

Georgy Badei, Chairman of the board of the Business Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers After Professor M. Kunyavskii:
We speak about a Common Free Market Zone, but for some reason the Russian Federation and Belarus are separated in this zone. This zone must be common for all the economic operators. Then no one will say that these are Russian entrepreneurs, and these are Belarusian entrepreneurs.

Nikolai Shchekin, Director of the Politics and Economic Sociology Department of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus:
Both Russia and Belarus are in the same Free Market Zone. Belarus is not asking for anything, but if we are in the same boat and we have a common goal, let’s create uniform rules for the game.

Alexander Ivanovsky, Senior Vice-Rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the Aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus:
There are groups in Russia which are not very much interested in stable functioning of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. It is always important to see the main things, things uniting us.

From Decree No3 to Belarus - Russia relations: discussions held over President Lukashenko's meeting