All posts by Szabó András

How Orbán’s chief of staff and people close to him have used luxury cars in secret

Long-term car rental is a very expensive solution but it has the advantage of keeping the client using the car in secret. Antal Rogán and his wife, as well as the former deputy mayor of a Budapest district and former wife of Árpád Habony all used this option for several years. The car renting company has won several high-value state contracts in the past years.

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Russian-led bank rapidly gearing up in Budapest amid EU and U.S. worries

The government closed the foreign trading houses but made an exception with PM Orban’s Turkish friend

How I found out that an opposition politician teamed up with the government’s allies

Paks 2 is facing a risky modification that could favor the Russians

Inside the fall of the oligarch who turned against Viktor Orbán

Itt a hét legérdekesebb rész a Simicska bukását bemutató cikkünkből

Paks 2: This is what it looks like when influential people are positioning themselves around the project

A Hungarian company came under Russian influence. Now it could receive another contract in Hungary’s nuclear project

The business partner of Lorinc Meszaros is bidding for two valueable Paks 2 tenders

Viktor Orban’s government has become an enthusiastic partner in Russia’s financial expansion

Opposition politician’s businesses are thriving after he teamed up with businessmen close to Viktor Orban’s government

A well-connected lawyer wins contract in Hungary’s gigantic nuclear project

How Viktor Orban’s government is favoring the Russians over a Hungarian company in a big business deal

Ganz won the tender with the backing of a state-owned Hungarian bank, but the deal fell through when the Hungarian government decided to redirect the loan to a group with Russian participation instead.

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The EU Anti-Fraud Office investigated irregularities reported by Direkt36

OLAF found several irregularities in the implementation of the Jeremie venture capital programme in Hungary previously reported by Direkt36 in cooperation with Forbes.

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How we started our investigation into the Hungarian-Russian relationship

Our article about Klaus Mangold was our first Russian-related story. We received information from government officials and a foreign source who examined Mangold’s activities on behalf of other investors.

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Orbán’s Game

The Eight Most Interesting Revelations From Our Orbán-Putin Story

Why did Orbán’s ally had a business meeting with the Russian secret service? Why was it so important for Orbán to buy the Russian stake in Hungary’s oil company? How tough is Putin with his own men? And some more interesting details from our investigation.

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How Russians forced out Hungarians from a major company of Hungary’s new nuclear project

Its managing director, Attila Szitár-Csanádi, is known as one of Rosatom’s most trusted people in Hungary. He has played an important role in a controversial decision of the University of Debrecen, which announced last year that it would give an honorary citizenship to president Putin.

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Company linked to Orbán’s brother won major public tender with the highest bid