Natallya KAROTKAYA

National Bank pledges that rubel’s official rate will not exceed 2,200 per dollar before year-end

The upper limit of 2,200 rubels that was set by the government’s 2008 Monetary Policy Guidelines for the rate...

Prime Minister Sidorski predicts that gas price for Belarus will not exceed $140 in 2009

A price of between $129 and $140 is provided for by a five-year contract that Belarus signed with Russia’s natural gas monopolist Gazprom...

Forty-nine percent of Belarusians said to be ready to invest in construction of nuclear power plant

Forty-nine percent of Belarusians are ready to invest in the construction of a nuclear power plant, reported the Sociology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences...

Parsyukevich granted early release from prison

Mr. Parsyukevich was among three people in Belarus whom opposition politicians and international human rights organizations regarded...

Beltranshaz, Gazprom settle all differences over gas supplies

Beltranshaz, Belarus’ gas distribution company, and Russia’s gas giant Gazprom have settled all differences over gas supplies...

Russia’s Atomstroiexport confirms participation in bidding for nuclear power plant

Russia’s Atomstroiexport has officially confirmed its participation in bidding for the construction of Belarus’ first nuclear power plant...

Belarus owes nothing to Gazprom, Beltranshaz says

If there’s no indebtedness, there’re no debts at all...

Experts blame technical fault for power plant shutdown

Experts believe that the Lukomlskaya GRES power plant shut down on Wednesday due to a technical fault...

Government should liberalize prices this year, business association suggests

The government should introduce discretion over pricing this year, Viktar Marhelaw, first vice chairperson of the Minsk City Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers (MCUEE), said...

Chairman of entrepreneurs’ union paints dark picture of Belarus’ business environment

Small businesses in Belarus are perishing, medium-sized businesses are experiencing great difficulties, and large ones are non-existent, Uladzimir Karahin...

Government to consider selling stakes in Palimir, Naftan industrial giants

The Belarusian State Petrochemical Industry Concern (Belnaftakhim) plans to submit a proposal for selling stakes in the Palimir chemical company and the Naftan oil refinery...

Polatsk Shklovalakno taking measures to reduce possible losses from US sanctions, manager says

The management of Polatsk Shklovalakno is taking measures to cut the risk of losses from Washington's sanctions...

Lukashenka meets with president of International Ice Hockey Federation

At the meeting, the Belarusian leader presented Mr. Fasel with the National Olympic Committee Order...

Several dozen entrepreneurs demonstrate in Minsk, arrests reported

Up to 50 entrepreneurs and sympathizers on Monday staged an unsanctioned protest on Minsk's Kastrychnitskaya Square against increasing crackdown...

Entrepreneurs in Baranavichy threaten to camp out at Kastrychnitskaya Square

Sole entrepreneurs in Baranavichy, Brest region, have threatened to join an opposition demonstration in Minsk on March 25 if their plights are not addressed...

Small business owners set to stage another protest on Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk on February 18

Small business owners that have sole entrepreneur status plan to stage another protest on Minsk’s downtown Kastrychnitskaya Square on February 18...

Business associations unveil measures to improve Belarus’ business environment

A set of proposed measures aimed at improving Belarus’ business environment was unveiled by business associations at a conference...

Belarus’ customs department says that it is taking every possible measure to minimize losses from Polish customs officers’ strike

Huge traffic jams paralyzed the Polish-Belarusian border as the strike stretched into its eights day on Monday...

Riot police break up unauthorized march in Minsk, some 10 people reported arrested

Police in riot control gear broke up a march that hundreds sole entrepreneurs and sympathizers staged through Minsk on Monday afternoon...

Around 20 people arrested following sole entrepreneurs' demonstration

Around 20 people, mostly opposition youths, were nabbed by police in Minsk on Thursday evening following an unsanctioned demonstration...

Over thousand people gather in downtownl Minsk to protest employee restriction, arrests reported

More than 1,000 people gathered on Minsk's central Kastrychnitskaya Square on Thursday afternoon to protest Alyaksandr Lukashenka's presidential edict...

Leader of small business association plays down Lukashenka’s new edict

This choice favors not sole entrepreneurs but those who are already planning to run wholesale companies...

Economy ministry said to have devised compromise solution in response to sole entrepreneurs’ demands

A delegation of sole entrepreneurs was told at a meeting with government officials on Wednesday that the economy ministry’s enterprise department...

Around 80 000 vendors walked out on December 19 in protest against employee restriction

Around 80 000 market vendors walked out across Belarus on December 19 in protest against Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s edict...

Sole entrepreneurs walk off job across Belarus

Sole entrepreneurs began a one-day strike across Belarus on Wednesday to protest Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s edict that will ban them from employing workers other than three family members starting next month...