"Soon we'll go to shops like to a museum". Quotes of the Week (7 - 13 November)
Prices as museum exhibits, testimony of the Prime Minister and dangers of membership in the Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRYU). These and other events are in a weekly review of the last week quotes from UDF.BY
1. Aleksandr Lukashenka, President. On November 10 meeting on the disposal of state property.
"Indeed, soon we'll go to shops like to a museum..."
If to trust the National Statistics Committee, which claims that for 10 months of 2011 inflation in Belarus amounted to 88.7% (while a forecast of the Ministry of Economy is 7.5%-8.5%), then the transformation of retail shelves in galleries can happen quiet soon. However, according to the president, not everybody can enjoy fine art in a store: "We won't, but most people will come to stores to look at the market economy".
2.Mikhail Myasnikovich, Prime Minister. On November 8 during discussion of the socio-economic development of Belarus in 2012.
"In 2011 as a source of financing the construction of 7.5 million square meters of housing, dairy farms, pig farms and a number of other programs, zero rubles have been built into the plans... Zero!"
Such unexpected sincerity of Prime Minister together with proposals on the sharp reduction in funding of state programs were quickly suppressed by the president. On November 10, the Head of State put sincere "marketeers" in their place: "your last decisions go counter to the decisions determined by the All-Belarus People's Assembly, and this is unacceptable".
Some promise Myasnikovich quick resignation, others say the authorities have a too "short bench" to do it, third say, that forecasts in the unpredictable country is a thankless thing.
3. Aleksandr Lukashenka, President. On November 10 meeting on the disposal of state property.
"I'm standing it until January 1, and then you will have time until May 1, well until the 9th, until the Victory Day, and the people should evaluate the state policy in completely different way... Here are your terms. Incline all subordinate officials to this..."
This threatening and accusing rhetoric of the president against the government wouldn't surprise anyone, if not the call to change people's attitudes to the state policy. Not long ago Lukashenka said that "according to a poll, 70% expressed confidence in the head of state", and the data of IISEPS showing that because of the crisis the president's rating fell to 20.5%, he considers a lie of "a fosterling of the West", the creator of the sociological Institute Professor Oleg Manaev.
As the journalist of "Salidarnast" Kirill Bukin has quipped, "if 70% of the country trust a person, who is located on the top of the power pyramid, why to change this attitude so radically? Nonsense appears: Lukashenka demanded to make sure, he is supported by the minority..." Rather, the president knows about real moods of the people, he just doesn't like to talk about them.
4. Dasha Yatsevich, the 5th year student of Belarusian State Economic University in the interview to Generation.by.
"Usually young people who are not in the BRYU have problems, and I was fired because I was the secretary of the BRYU at the faculty..."
The employer of the girl, big PR-Agency stated, that members of the main youth organization of the country cannot work for them, because it "strongly shakes the prestige of the organization." Apparently, the president should seriously consider not only his rating, but the level of trust and credibility of organizations "fed" by the government .
5. Sergey Pavlyukevich, the administrator of the community "We are for Great Belarus". On November 8 at the press conference of network activists in Warsaw.
"They threw me facing a floor. One sat on my shoulders and put on my head a plastic bag. He griped it and pull my head back so far, that my neck almost cracked. Meanwhile the second one beat me by feet..."
In this way one of the press-conference participants in Warsaw described the process of "recruitment" in the KGB. Young activists told how they were "handled" and what tasks the Belarusian Committee for State Security gave them. Perhaps these massive confessions will make Belarusian KGB agents to think over the efficiency of such clumsy methods of persuasion.