Iron Curtain hangover: $100 for pass to foreign countries?

The head of state has announced his intention to impose a duty for Belarusians who go shopping to foreign countries. “Our people [do shopping] and leave $3 bn a year in the European Union! ” Aliaksandr Lukashenka expressed his resentment.

“I gave the order: when going abroad – no matter for what purpose – one should pay a duty. It will be the following way: we provide you services at border, you pay us $100 for each person and go,” he said during the visit to Minsk enterprise ‘Motovelo’.

According to the Belarusian leader, such measure aims at gaining in sales of domestic goods. “We took $3 bn out to them [EU], they are developing trade and production while we are fooling about, ” he added.


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