What is Lukashenko’s business empire built on?

What is the Belarusian economy based on? The first thing that comes to mind is the Russian oil and gas subsidies. Or potash fertilizers export. Yet, many people forget about one of the main and oldest pillars of the Belarusian economic model. Contraband!

In a new joint investigation with Naviny.by and a Russian independent publication Project, we found out how the state covers up giant smuggling flows and who benefits the most. Spoiler: neither the budget nor ordinary citizens. Details are available in the program Let’s Figure It Out.

The full text of the investigation is available in formats pdf, mobi, epub.