Category Archives: Russian connection

State Secretary who disagreed with a Hungarian cabinet member over Paks nuclear power plant targeted by Pegasus spyware

Attila Aszódi became a target shortly before his dismissal in 2019 at a time when he had several conflicts with the Hungarian cabinet member supervising Paks 2. The State Secretary disagreed with the measures that would have benefitted the Russian party building the new nuclear power plant and would have changed the original timetable of the project.

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How Russians got a second chance at lucrative rail deal from Hungary

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

Nuclear power plant Paks 2 rescheduled to favor the Russians

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

The Russians are poised to benefit from international deal financed by Hungary

Nuclear tender that caused tension between Hungary and Russia will restart

Russians wanting a massive Paks 2 nuclear contract eventually got pushed out

Putin-controlled financial giant has close ties to IIB, the Russian-led bank moving to Hungary

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

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

Russian intelligence organizes some of their Balkans operations from Hungary, but despite close Russian-Hungarian relations they can not always avoid retaliation. In 2016, the Military National Security Service exposed a GRU officer. Although Hungary’s government never informed the public, approximately ten Russian spies have been busted since 2010.

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

An association with relations across the political spectrum appeared around Paks 2 last year. It wanted to act as an intermediary during the nuclear power plant expansion, and even though influential people also showed up within the association, it failed to deliver on its plans in the end.

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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 car rental company that is likely to be contracted by Rosatom is under the influence of a Russian bank. One of the company’s owners previously held high in a gas trading company with ties to Russia.

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