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| * Revolution in Belarus not ruled out|
Jump to full article: Russian Information Agency Novosti (ru), 2011-06-06
Author: RIA Novosti commentator Anna Kurskaya
Belarus owes Russia two months' worth of payments for electricity. The company Inter RAO, the Russian exporter of electricity, has imposed restrictions on deliveries. And this is not the only trouble Minsk faces in its current economic crisis. Belarus is experiencing renewed expressions of popular discontent, and this time they are not devised by the opposition. Drivers are seen protesting. As increases in oil prices persist (fourth time this year) so do queues in gas stations. Prices for cigarettes have risen by 30-60% since June 8, but, in reality, they have entirely disappeared from the market. It is still impossible to purchase foreign currency in exchange offices.
Will these economic hardships trigger serious civil actions? Experts believe the government will succeed in maintaining control of situation, at least until fall. As if in support of this claim, President Alexander Lukashenko reversed fuel rises merely a day after public protests.
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