Lukashenka promises $760 average salary. $500 still on paper

Wages at all low-paying Belarusian enterprises should be hiked to BYN 1,000 ($510) in 2018, president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said when visiting Brest on Friday.

“The average salary in Belarus will reach BYN 1,000. Certain enterprises are doing their best to increase salaries, and it is good. However, about a half of all enterprises or maybe a bit fewer have small salaries. Our main objective is to help those enterprises raise their salaries to BYN1,000 in 2018-2019, especially in 2018,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka.

According to him, if this goal is achieved, the average salary in the country might amount to BYN 1,500 (appr. $760).

“We should stabilize the average salary at BYN1,000, and to do our best to make the lowest salaries closer to the average level in 2018,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

In early August, Lukashenka, the first and still the only president of the country, reiterated his order to top officials: “Steal, dig them up, find – do anything to but fix people up with $500 [average] salary!” he said.

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