HOW SANCTIONS INFLUENCE THE BELARUSIAN REGIONS
A BLOW TO EMPLOYMENT AND BUDGETS, INCREASED SOCIAL POLARIZATION
The Belarusian regions have been in decline for many years. While the authorities have been trying in vain to find a way to stimulate economic growth in the regions, ordinary Belarusians are becoming more and more dissatisfied with their life in Belarus. The political crisis only exacerbated the problems connected with the economy, demography, migration and the overall quality of life.
However, after the summer of 2021, pressure from Western countries has added even more strain to existing internal challenges. Sectoral sanctions imposed after the Ryanair incident have affected dozens of enterprises in various fields. In this paper, it is explored how these sanctions will influence regional development, how local residents perceive them, and which cities and regions are most vulnerable to them.
The research was conducted by the Centre for New Ideas and supported by KAS Belarus.