Last week in Hungary

Hungary by Atlatszo – Russian propaganda in Hungary spread by government-sponsored media

This is what wrote this week:

Target or ally? Russian propaganda in Hungary spread by government-sponsored media

Pro-Russian internet trolls are at work and there are about a hundred fake news sites operating in Hungarian, but they are not very influential, and they do not even need to be. The reason for this is that the Hungarian government has a friendly relationship with Russia and its taxpayer-funded media empire is happily pushing out the Kremlin’s messages.

Tobacco Barons in Hungary: loophole allows businessmen to reap the profits of close to a hundred tobacco shops

The Orban government passed a law in 2012 about tobacco sales: only people licensed by the state are allowed to sell cigarettes. According to the law one person cannot own more than five tobacco shops, but a loophole allows businessmen with government connections to be involved in as many tobaccos shops as they want.

We also read these:

Buzzfeed: Meet The Mystery Man Who Is The Power Behind The Throne In Hungary

Hungary’s right-wing leader is seeking reelection this weekend with a campaign that stokes anti-immigrant sentiment. And one man is helping pull the strings.

Reuters: What to watch at Hungary’s elections

Most opinion polls show that the best Orban’s Fidesz party can achieve is winning a simple majority, which is also the likeliest outcome as Fidesz has a firm lead in opinion polls.

The Washington Post: In Eastern Europe, the E.U. faces a rebellion more threatening than Brexit

Ground Zero for the rebellion is in Hungary, where Orban is running for reelection with boasts of his illiberalism, swipes at the hostile E.U. “empire” and promises to tighten his grip on a country dancing ever-closer to the edge of autocracy.

The New York Times: ‘Democracy’ Still Matters

Mr. Orban has spent the past several years weakening his country’s democratic checks and balances; he has attacked independent civil society, and he has brought the media under the control of oligarchs close to his government.

The New Republic: A Humble Proposal to Sanction Some Hungarian Kleptocrats

In light of the corruption allegations flying this week involving the electoral, judicial, transportation, gas, nuclear, religious, real estate, and general business sectors, the U.S. government should have a menu of options to choose from.

Politico: The new communists

Since returning to office in 2010 after a long spell in opposition, Orbán has rolled out a series of benefits: a public works job program, pension hikes, utility bill cuts, a minimum wage increase and cash gifts for retirees.

Reuters: Young Hungarians weigh migration option as election nears

Sat in a student cafe in Budapest, Laura Balazs says she will think carefully before voting in a national election on Sunday as, for her and many other in her age group, the outcome may determine if she stays in Hungary or moves abroad.