Category Archives: Russian connection

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

Russian arms dealer busted by U.S. agents in Hungary now out of jail after extradition

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

Hungary Buying U.S. Missile System to Mend Ties with Trump Administration

Diplomatic Cable Reveals U.S. Frustrated with Orban’s Hungary

Russian diplomats caught spying in Hungary get expelled quietly as usual

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

Lord of War in Budapest: The DEA busted two Russian arms dealers and Hungary extradited them to Moscow

Moneyman of Syria’s president received Hungarian residence permit through Russia

Atiya Khoury, who is on the US sanction list, used an address in South Moscow to apply for residence permit through Hungary’s controversial Golden Visa Program. His application was handled by a company with ties to Viktor Orbán’s advisor.

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Russia and Hungary seemed to clash over the Skripal poisoning. In the background, it was a different story

The expulsions of diplomats after the Skripal poisoning were carefully arranged in a way not to endanger the special relationship between Moscow and Budapest. Documents and interviews show that both countries made efforts not to cause real damage to one another.

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People close to Viktor Orbán’s top advisor were involved in controversial golden visa program, confidential documents show

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

Members of Putin’s state machine received Hungarian residence permits through controversial Golden Visa program

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

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

The U.S. is so fed up with Hungary’s passport fraud problem that it’s threatening to kick the country out of its visa waiver program

Viktor Orban and Donald Trump might be kindred spirits but there is a serious conflict between their governments over national security threats, a joint story by Direkt36 and The Washington Post has revealed.

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How we teamed up with The Washington Post to expose a secret conflict between the U.S. and Hungary

A few weeks ago we reached out to The Washington Post and told them that we are working on a story that might be of interest for them as well. It turned out that it did.

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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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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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