Category Archives: Russian connection

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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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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Here are the Hungarians with contracts for Paks 2 projects

The construction of the new Paks nuclear power plant may have not started yet but Rosatom has already been signing project-related contracts for months. Among the Hungarian partners, there is a company that does not even have a website nor a public telephone number.

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The Mysterious German Behind Viktor Orban’s Russian Deals

Klaus Mangold, a German businessman with good connections in Russia, has played a crucial role in the controversial nuclear deal between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Direkt36 investigation has found.

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