June 19th, 2014

Jobbik vies for Russia’s support for autonomy in Eastern Ukraine

Hungary’s radical nationalist Jobbik party has held talks in Russia in hope of securing support for Hungarian-Ruthenian autonomy in Transcarpathia, the party’s leader Gabor Vona told a press conference on Wednesday.

Vona said ethnic cleansing was taking place in eastern Ukraine and the same could happen in Transcarpathia, which has a Hungarian community.

Vona held talks in Moscow on Wednesday, accompanied by Marton Gyongyos, deputy head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, and MEP Bela Kovacs, to discuss the Ukrainian crisis and Hungarian-Russian relations with local politicians.

Gyongyos said not Russia but the West was the aggressive party in Ukraine and that the referendum in Crimea had been examplary and it had “raised a glimmer of hope of autonomy for Hungarians and Ruthenians as well”.

Vona said Jobbik was one of the few European political powers that encouraged “the best possible relations with Russia”. He welcomed the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union and said there was a need to create an offset to euro-atlantism.

The three politicians met Alexei Zhuravlev, head of the Rodina (Motherland) party, on Tuesday and are scheduled to meet the head of the Duma’s energy committee and that of its Russian-Hungarian friendship chapter.

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  • plastic_bag

    I’m sure the Russians will be glad when these mosquitos stop buzzing in their faces. Hungary has got basically nothing to offer Russia, and Jobbik is in no position to give them what little we have.

    • ddd

      ‘we have’
      You are Hungarian?

  • just saying

    Jobbik misses the good old Kádár era, when Hungary’s government had “the best possible relations with Russia”

    • ddd

      And what was so bad about that era?

      • just saying

        Well, for starters, people could be put in jail for their beliefs. Also, the government was buying popularity by going deeply into debt, which was untenable, since the economy wasn’t efficient enough to provide a decent standard of living to the vast majority of the citizenry (the elite, on the other hand, could pay themselves whatever they wanted, since there was no democracy or accountability). Then there was the whole Soviet colony status that we were forced to endure by a large occupying foreign military force. Finally, there was the poverty. All of this was thanks to the Soviets, who were mostly Russians.

        • ddd

          Is this all from a book for you?
          Go home and enjoy your ‘democracy’.
          What id this ‘we’??????????
          You are Hungarian?????
          Whom are you kidding?

          • just saying

            Yes, I am Hungarian, as are my wife and children. You don’t seem to be, since you know very little about this country. Maybe you are just someone who wants to make Hungarians look bad, by pretending to be an ignorant, hypocritical, logic-impaired Hungarian fool who believes that childish insults (very, very childish) are a good substitute for adult discourse.

            “Is this all from a book for you?”

            What are you trying to say? Are you asking me if I think that everything we are talking about is from a book? The answer is no, it’s very real.

            “Go home and enjoy your ‘democracy’.”

            I’d love to! Maybe after Orbán is gone we can reestablish democracy here in my home, Hungary. Talpra magyar, hí a haza!

  • Elly

    You forgot to mention that Jobbik party was one of the founders of Alliance of European National Movements, an international European political party of other far-right parties. Other founders were France’s National Front, Italy’s Tricolour Flame, Sweden’s National Democrats and Belgium’s National Front. Svoboda party used to be a member but left in March 2014, when Russian meddling in Ukraine started.

    In other words, they supported other aggressive far-right parties in Europe, until their neighbors came for them. Dumb Westerners don’t seem to realize that Russians are only one of the hated nations in Eastern Europe. ALL nations have conflicts with their neighbors — Poland-Lithuania (over Vilnius), Poland-Ukraine (Volhynia and Eastern Galicia, some Poles want it back), Ukraine-Romania (north Bucovina), Romania-Hungary (Transylvania), Poland-Czech Republic (Zaolzie). The Russian-Ukrainian conflict is just the start.

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