Unemployed in Hantsevichy get paid $4 for eight-hour day in field

Unemployed persons in Hantsevichy, Brest region, get paid only 10,000 rubels (less than $10) for an eight-hour work-day in the field. Some days, they receive a bucket of potatoes or beet roots in addition to their pay.

The district has the highest unemployment rate in the region. Many of its residents work in Russia. Farms in neighboring districts pay higher rates per day – 15,000 rubels in Lyakhavichy, 25,000 in Klyotsk and 35,000 in Luninets. People say local government chiefs are responsible for poverty.