E-bulletin of IISEPS Center for Documentation, N 11, 2003 (only Russian)



Theme of the month:
Ordering of social privileges: preparation of liberal reforms or the way to fulfill the budget?

Person of the month:
Alexander Kozulin: “fired forever”?

Organization of the month:
Party of Freedom and Progress: project with no future or a new player on political field?


Dear readers!


The next issue of e-bulletin of IISEPS Center for Documentation is represented to your attention. Waiting for a real winter without any contract with “Gazprom” for delivery of gas to our country hundred thousand of Belarusians ask the question – how much we would pay for heating of apartments and hot water. Authority has not given the direct answer yet. But some their actions allow to notice the certain tendency. Implementation of the projects will concern almost every Belarusian. So, in our opinion, the main event of November was the promulgation of plans, using official quotation, of “ordering of social privileges of population”. Because the implementation of this project is through statutory acts and their projects, so we for the first time united two sections, “Theme of the month” and “Document of the month”.
What is the reason of such steps of the authorities which often emphasize social goals of the Belarusian state? Is it a timid beginning of liberal reforms in economy or is it occasional actions aiming to fill the budget? What will be the consequences for authorities and ordinary inhabitants of implementation of the plans? Read about it in comments of economist L. Zlotnikov and head of House of Representatives Constant Commission on privatization, trade and housing policy V. Hrol.
“Person of the month” in November was, undoubtedly, A. Kozulin. What is the real reasons for resignation of the leading high school rector? Does A. Kozulin have any prospect to enter large-scale politics by, for example, joining opposition? What are the lessons for Belarusian officials and in general to all political elite? These questions are discussed in the comment of politologist, head of public association “Social technologies” A. Feduta.
In section “Organization of the month” in this issue we represent the Party of freedom and progress, created by the deputy of the lower chamber V. Novosyad. Why the PFP was created now – at not so successful moment for political parties? What will be its relations with authorities and opposition? Who is its voters and do new liberals have any political prospects? Doctor of sociological sciences A. Rubanov and politologist V. Chernov analyze this issues.
We hope, offered materials will be interesting and useful for you. We are waiting for your responses, remarks and offers!

IISEPS executive board

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