Lukashenka to Belarus bankers: People say you are fat cats


Belarusian banks should act in the best interests of the national economy, president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said when hearing out a report on the operation of credit and financial organizations on Thursday.

“I have been warned against holding an open discussion of the issue. They say that the IMF or other international organizations may be displeased. At the moment I am the President of Belarus, I am not going to become president or leader of international organizations. Therefore, I advise you to keep your mind on the domestic affairs,” Lukashenka said.

According to the Belarusian leader, the people do not live in idleness and plenty and he government is doing their best to raise monthly salaries to $500 in the equivalent.

“Let’s also have this level in the banking sector. It means that salaries must be earned. All bankers are saying this. And I support them. Salaries should not be paid for nothing in the country. Banking sector employees should also work hard to earn their salaries,” he suggested.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka criticized bankers for distinguishing their salaries from bonuses.

“One can build a system when people are paid peanuts for month’s work, but then fatten their pockets with bonuses. So let’s see how the system will work in general. I have just said about the level of salaries in the country. I reiterate I do not want the banking sector to be a bunch of fat cats, as the common folk say (not only workers and peasants, even intelligentsia say so). Salaries should be ot par with the level of salaries in the country,” he warned.

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