Vendors in Krupki ordered to pay police for security monitoring

 

The Krupki district authorities have ordered vendors at a local market to contract the police to monitor security at their retail outlets.

The district police department sent out a notice to all small vendors at the end of February, giving them until April 15 to conclude the contract and threatening with the suspension of the license for failure to comply, Hanna Bandarenka, a local sole entrepreneur, told BelaPAN.

“The installation of the alarm system costs 1.5 million rubels. After that, you need to pay 350,000 rubels more every month,” Ms. Bandarenka said. “The question was on the agenda a year ago, but we then managed to get away.”

The woman noted that there was a guard at the market. “I do not understand why we need the alarm system,” she said.

Small vendors are reluctant to comply with the order, she noted.

The local police or the district executive committee’s economy department would not comment on the directive.

Small business leader Viktar Harbachow told BelaPAN that vendors in Kletsk, Salihorsk, Kopyl and Slutsk in the Minsk region faced similar orders.

“Local petty tyrants are so much eager to generate budgetary funds that they move to ignore laws,” he said. “The directive is absolutely unlawful.”

He said that the Minsk region’s tax officials raised the matter at a meeting on Monday. “They themselves acknowledged that problems had repeatedly emerged in Krupki and that the directive ran counter to law,” he said. “They said that they would monitor the matter.”