Category Archives: Russian connection

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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Inside the internal government conflict over the permit for the controversial Paks 2 nuclear power plant

Inside the conflicts surrounding the construction of Hungary’s new nuclear plant

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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