Category Archives: Magyar külpolitika

Western allies puzzled by Hungary’s mild reaction to Russian hacking

Cables show how Orbán’s diplomats gather information on journalists

Putin’s hackers gained full access to Hungary’s foreign ministry networks, the Orbán government has been unable to stop them

Russian state actors hacked into the Hungarian Foreign Ministry’s computer network compromising internal correspondence and even a secure network that transmits classified information. The recurring cyberattacks over the past decade were kept quiet by the Orbán government, and have not been successfully countered. With the help of internal documents and background interviews, Direkt36 exposes Russian cyber espionage against Hungary’s MFA.

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Spies, business deals and criminals. How Orbán favors Russian interests instead of Western ones

In the past 12 years, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government has gotten into a situation many times, when they had to decide between the interests of Western allies, or Russia. Direkt36 has revealed many cases, where, in the end, the government favored Vladimir Putin and his circles. It occurred, for example, that they drove a Hungarian company out of business, just to be able to make space for a Russian firm.

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Orbánék leszerződtették a Pegasus kémszoftver gyártójának korábbi lobbistáját

Orbán’s government tried to hide sensitive information on €1.5B Chinese university project

To please China, Orbán’s government shifted plans to favor Fudan’s campus over Student City

Huge Chinese loan to cover the construction of Fudan University in Budapest

Chinese workers will construct Fudan’s Budapest campus using Chinese building materials, all covered by a Chinese loan, but the Hungarian state is the one paying the huge bill. Fudan University has already picked a contractor: state-owned China State Construction Engineering Corporation, a company embroiled in suspicions of corruption and espionage in several countries around the world.

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Chinese spy games in Orbán’s Hungary

A fugitive wanted for murder became a businessman in Budapest under false identity

How Orban played Germany, Europe’s great power

Huawei is slowly pushed out from European 5G networks but the Orban government still supports them

“Mr. Russia” is now helping Viktor Orbán’s government to nurture German relations

People close to Orban’s advisor appear in controversial Russia-connected megaproject

How once cherished Iranians became coronavirus scapegoats in Orban’s Hungary

Orbán’s media machine in the Balkans investigated for suspicious transactions

Hungary pressured by diplomats to stop blocking NATO-Ukraine talks

U.S. is still trying to push out the Russian-led bank from Hungary

Companies close to Orbán’s allies will operate Hungarian trading houses in the Balkan

How Viktor Orban got involved in Trump’s Ukraine scandal