“What Do Belarusians Think?”

To promote culture of research communication, BRC has kicked off a series of public policy debates titled “What Do Belarusians Think?” Although first four events were initiated and took place in Vilnius, since August 2014 the “What do Belarusians Think?” were tied with the Office for European Expertize and Communication and were moved to Minsk.

The last (7th) “What do Belarusians think?” entitled “Who is your city Minsk?” took place in Minsk on 10 March, 2015. Vladimir Valetko and Dmitry Babizkyi (CASE Belarus) presented the research paper “Central region of Belarus: how to escape the poverty trap”. A range of experts in architecture, economics and urban geography were invited to discuss the issues of the Minsk development. Discussion took place in the “TUT.BY Gallery” and was moderated by Alena Sheremet-Andreeva, the editor of TUT.BY-TV. The edited video of the discussion can be accessed below.


The sixth debate entitled "What do Belarusians think: people's attitudes towards capital punishment" was organized in Minsk on 10 December, 2014 on the Human Rights Day. The discussion focused on the findings of the recently published opinion survey "Crime and Punishment: People's Perceptions, Assessments and Attitudes", conducted by the group of Satio companies along with the organization Penal Reform International.

Invited experts: Nikolay Samoseyko (Chairman of the Standing Commission of the House of Representatives on International Affairs), Yuliya Khlaschenkova (RHRPA Belarusian Helsinki Committee), Sergey Shimovolos (Penal Reform International, Russia), Nikolai Matrunchik (Interfaith Mission "Christian Service of the Society"). Moderator: Alyona Sheremet-Andreeva, editor of TUT.BY-TV. The edited video of the discussion can be accessed below.


The fifth “What do Belarusians think?” took place in Minsk on 26 September, 2014 and was devoted for a discussion of the costs of economic reforms in Belarus. The issue was presented by three experts: Inna Romasheuskaya (BIPART), Aleksandr Chubrik (IPM Research Centre), and Alexei Pikulik (BISS). Discussion was moderated by Alyona Sheremet-Andreeva, editor of TUT.BY-TV. The edited video of the discussion can be accessed below.


The fourth event in the series, titled "What do Belarus Businesses Think?" took place on 31 January, 2014 in Vilnius. Alexander Chubrik (IPM RC) presented the research “Competitiveness of Regions in Belarus: General Review”, which analyses the integrated indicators of competitiveness of the regions in Belarus. Siarhei Nikaliuk (IISEPS) analyzed the changes in Belarusian public opinion towards private business and private property. Vadim Sehovich (Belarusian news portal Ezhednevnik) talked about the Belarusian business in Eastern European context and achievements and goals of Belarusian businessmen. Anastasiya Khamenkova (Business Communication Centre Bel.Biz) examined possible scenarios for the future of Belarusian business and shifts in the attitudes of the new generation of Belarusian businessmen. The edited video of the discussion can be accessed below.


A third event in the series took place on October 1, 2013. Alena Artsiomenka from BISS presented the latest results of a research on social contract in Belarus. Aleksandr Sasnow from IISEPS and Irina Tochitskaya from IPM RC shared their own views on the main trends in Belarusian society and looked for the reasons behind them. The discussion was moderated by journalist Maria Sadouskaya-Komlach. A video (in Russian) of the discussion can be accessed below.


Second event “What Do Belarusians Think?” was held on April 12, 2013. Dzianis Melyantsov from BISS and Professor Oleg Manaev from IISEPS presented latest surveys of their organizations. Edited video of the panel discussion is available below.


First “What Do Belarusians Think?” took place in Vilnius on January 18, 2013 and gathered Oleg Manaev, IISEPS’ director, Alexei Pikulik, BISS’ academic director, and Sergey Nikoluk from IISEPS as panelists.  Full video reports can be accessed below.

Also, more details on the event are available in publication of Belarus Digest.

All seven events were attended by more than 300 invitees including diplomats, political experts, international implementers, international and Belarusian journalists and representatives of Belarusian NGOs. Moreover, in order to increase the outreach, all events were available to the remote audience through the live stream while the viewers could also ask questions on Twitter and Facebook. In total, all seven events were followed by more than 1000 Internet users.

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