Experts: Belarusian guest workers benefit from Union State most


Economist Leanid Zaika calls the Union State
"a post-Soviet creation", "a model used for hyper-compensation of
historical memory". But he does not refute its success. Especially for Belarusian
guest workers in Russia.

Leanid Zaika:Belarusian
workers can go to Moscow or other Russian cities and get the average Russian wage
of 1215 dollars (last December). The average wage in Belarus was 500 dollars in
December. Belarusians working is Russia gain double benefit."

They can
also get medical assistance and their pension issues are regulated by the Union
State. The state benefit of the Union State is cheap Russian oil that can be
processed at Belarusian enterprises, the economist said.

Leanid Zaika: “It is the
second part of our foreign currency influx. We buy oil for $400 per ton (unlike
the Venezuelan and Azerbaijani oil for $800) and sell oil products for 835 dollars
to the EU. This is half of the whole export, half of the foreign currency made
by the today's economic elite in Belarus. And this is the result of these relations
with Russia."

professor of Moscow State University department of international relations Kirill Koktysh agrees that "migrant
workers from Belarus" gain the most benefit from the Union State's social

Kirill Koktysh: “The
maximum proximity was reached at the end of the 1990s and at the beginning of the
2000s. The Union State will not develop more. The only further steps can be
made in the Single Economic Area of the Eurasian Union."

The Executive
Committee of the Union State has been working quite successfully for the small budget
available recently, the Euroradio's interviewee thinks. Such structure as the
Union Parliament has already been forgotten. We should not think about dozens
of "union" laws and decisions either, Kirill Koktysh advised.

Kirill Koktysh: “Only one
legal act really works: the one making Belarusians equal to Russians and
Russians equal to Belarusians on their territories. People can get education and
medical assistance."

the Union State must exist despite its "obscurity", experts think.

“The denunciation  of the Union State would leave Belarusians without
any rights in Russia,"
Koktysh explained.

If we decide
that the Customs Union is enough and the Union State should be denounced, all
the bonuses our tourists and students have in Russia now will be cancelled. And
Belarusian workers will become equal to Central Asian guest workers.