Hungarian politicians reacted to the report by Senate Democrats, which warns of deepening Russian interference throughout Europe.
“The report commissioned by the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is the first from Congress to comprehensively detail Russian efforts to undermine democracies since the 2016 presidential election. It wastes no time in calling out Trump personally for what it describes as a failure to respond to Russia’s mounting destabilization activities in the U.S. and worldwide,” AP reported last week.
The report also mentions Hungary, claiming that the Hungarian government had enabled Kremlin interference to shore up its own political strength. The document implies that further Hungarian officials should face a travel ban:
“The international community should increase support for transparency and anti-corruption efforts in the country—the denial of U.S. visas for six Hungarian officials suspected of corruption in 2014, for example, was an effective step that should be replicated when possible”.
According to Hungarian daily Magyar Idok, most of the Democrats, who signed the document, have received significant help from George Soros. Jeanne Shaheen, Cory Booker, Chris Coons, Ed Markey, Tim Caine, Bob Menendez, Jeff Merkley, Chris Murphy, and Tom Udall received thousands or hundred thousands of dollars from the financier, the articles writes, citing sources. One of the senators, Benjamin Louis Cardin used to be a co-chair of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the U.S. Helsinki Commission) and heavily criticised the amendment of the Hungarian higher education law, which affected Soros’s Central European University.
According to a lawmaker of the ruling Fidesz-KDNP alliance, Istvan Hollik, the report proves that George Soros uses all possibilities, “plays all instruments” to interfere with Hungarian politics.