Where does the dictator hide his money?
In 2009, Lukashenka earned almost 95 million non-denominated rubles, which was equivalent to 2,885 dollars a month. In 2014, Lukashenka already declared more than 550 million undenominated rubles, which implies that his salary at that time was about $ 4,200 a month without taxes, the website of the Belsat television channel writes.
“We can only guess what he has in the form of “money-money”. Because there are different rumors about assets and interests in the United Arab Emirates, where he goes with his sons every now and then to dip his feet in the bay,” says Aliaksandr Yarashuk, Chairman of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions.
According to Lukashenka’s income statements, the “Real Estate” column indicates that the head of Belarus does not own either a house or an apartment. He doesn’t have a car either.
“Everything belongs to him. He has nothing, but he has everything! This is such a supreme form of parasitism on the society, on the country, on the people,” said Aliaksandr Yarashuk.
Lukashenka has a number of privileges with which he is provided in accordance with Section 37 of the Law on the President.
Due to the state budget, Lukashenka has office housing and special-purpose vehicles. $ 18 million is allocated annually to finance his Security Service. The expenses for representation purposes within the country, and expenses associated with visiting foreign countries are also covered by the budget.
In addition, Lukashenka enjoys the right to state insurance, and state summer cottage. A special medical and sanatorium-resort service is provided not only for him, but also for his family.
Residences, and Tesla from Elon Musk
As for the cottages, Lukashenka himself calls them residences. Once he even declared that he had 17 of them!
The Zaslaul residence is located on the shore of the Minsk Sea, where he periodically arranges informal meetings. About 135 million dollars were allocated from the country's budget for the construction of the Palace of Independence.
In another residence, Drazdy, Lukashenka has his own farmstead, where even watermelons grow. Among the residences of the guarantor there is also the Aziorny complex in Astroshytsky town, a government hunting lodge in the Pruzhany district in the center of Bielavezhskaya Pushcha and the Palesse residence in the Petrykau district. One of the latest is the residence in the Braslau region.
Maybach Pullman starts at 500 thousand euros, and the Guard version, which is strengthened, is three times more expensive. That’s about 1.5 million euros, ” says Siarhei Antusevich, Vice Chairman of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions.
In the car, the cost of which is about one and a half million euros, Lukashenka was noticed in the summer of 2019. By the way, he was seen more than once in expensive cars. In his fleet, there is an armored Mercedes S-class worth about 160 thousand euros, and a Tesla, allegedly the present from Elon Musk. However, the latter quickly denied this information.
“The new Tesla Model S costs about $ 160,000,” says Siarhei Antusevich, Vice Chairman of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions.
According to Belarusian laws, the pension of civil servants is charged at a rate of 40% of their earnings. But it cannot exceed three times the average wage in the country, which is used to calculate pensions.
Plus, there are surcharges - for every full year of public service over 20 years, the size of the pension is increased by 2% of earnings. That is, if Lukashenka would now retire with a salary of $ 4,200, then his pension would be about $ 600.
“If this person took care to ensure the rule of law in the country, then he would take care of both his pension and his salary. No matter how much it would be: 20, 30, or 50 thousand dollars. And he would take care of pensions in order to lay the foundation of a civilized state,” argues Aliaksandr Yarashuk, Chairman of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions.