Updated at 11:30,08-12-2016

Expert: Belarus holds undercover negotiations - political prisoners in exchange for loans

Andrey Suzdaltsev the professor of the Higher School of Economics says that the second devaluation, which Belarus just experienced, indicates that the country is slowly but surely comes down to the level of the "migratory economy".

"This is economy, which is supported by remittances from migrant workers working abroad. A good example in this case is Tajikistan, where this indicator reaches 40%", explains Suzdaltsev. "Today, according to my information, about 800 thousand Belarusians work in Russia. And this is enormous number for such a small country as Belarus".

According to him, Belarus today goes through colossal outflow of qualified professionals.

The nation's bloom has gone abroad to earn money. The most active and educated ones leave the country. Soon Belarus will turn into the country of alcoholics, pensioners and deserted wives. Many people in these categories support the state power anyway", Voice of America quotes the professor.

Thinking about the future of the Belarusian economy and the chances of Alexander Lukashenka's government to get a loan from the IMF, the expert says that he has information about the allegedly ongoing "undercover" negotiations between Belarus' leadership and the West to provide Minsk a loan in exchange for political prisoners.

"I have a strong belief in the fact, that Belarus nevertheless will get a loan from the IMF till the New Year. At present they conduct undercover negotiations on this subject. Then the political prisoners will be released, and Belarus will receive a tranche from the IMF", Suzdaltsev is convinced .