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Hate-mongering, unacceptable words reminiscent of fascism and nazi ideology – these are some of the comments on the speech given by Viktor Orbán in Băile Tuşnad, Romania in July, at this year’s event of the annual “Tusványos Festival”.
The editorial office of V4NA, the organisation owned by KESMA, unofficial chief advisor to Prime Minister Árpád Habony and Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, was not based in London, but in the third district of the Hungarian capital
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as we found out, NewsFront has been playing a significant role in spreading anti-Ukrainian narratives in some Visegrad countries – especially in Slovakia. A complex redistribution scheme allows Kremlin propaganda to avoid bans and reach audiences in the region.
Victor Orbán delivered his racist speech during an event one of whose partners was Wacław Felczak Polish-Hungarian Cooperation Institute governed by Polish authorities. Each year, this Institute, and its counterpart in Budapest, spend millions on books, competitions, presentations of wines and perfumes, and a very elegant villa in the heart of Warsaw. All in the name of Polish-Hungarian friendship which both countries recently and officially ended.
Russian propaganda tries to frighten Poles with “Ukrainization” of their country. That catchphrase is being used and promoted by MP Grzegorz Braun and far-right influencers. Similar narrative emerged simultaneously in other Eastern European countries.
Betlanovce, Kežmarok, Levoča, Veľký Kamenec, Trenčín: these are the settlements where new properties were acquired by a subsidiary of the Foundation for Preserving Built Heritage in Central Europe in Upper Hungary in Slovakia, which was set up by the Hungarian State in areas that belonged to Hungary before the Treaty of Trianon.