June 16th, 2017

Parliaments votes to hand over communist era informant files to archives

Lawmakers on Thursday voted to authorise the government to hand over the magnetic tapes containing the files of secret service informants of Hungary’s communist era to the Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security Service. The motion was passed with 126 votes in favour, 57 against and 2 abstentions. Government office chief János Lázár said in March that the classification status of the tapes would be reviewed once they are in the archives.

Parliament also expanded the scope of the law to broaden the number of files under the authority of the historical archives. Accordingly, copies of files containing state security and defence data compiled by or stored in former state institutions or other archives will be transferred to the historical archives. The historical archives will have absolute authority over the files specified in the law unless a specific authority is granted access to a certain file. They will also have control over the files of Hungary’s Military National Security Service that have national security aspects.

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  • So more hiding and obfuscation of the pre-Fidesz history…

    • wolfi

      No lustration – unless in civilised democratic countries. That “archive” will make sure that nothing comes out on the former spys – unless Fidesz wants it to come out!
      Compare that to the German “Stasi Office” where our current President Mr Gauck was boss and evrybody could get at the info concerning him and find out who spied on him and called the secret police on him – but of course not in Hungary, the bastion of illiberalism …
      probably Hungary will never ever be a democracy – Putin will be happy …

      • Pali

        Thats where you are wrong. Hungary is one of only three true Democratic countries in Europe. And under Orbán Viktor that will never change. Besides, why is Putin brought into the equation all the time. Putin is also Democratic and means no harm to Europe or the world.

        • wolfi

          Hungary has never been a democracy – and now it’s one of the most corrupt states in the world!
          Just read up on people like Mészáros, Vajna, Hábony – how did they make their money? And then look at Orban’s family and their money …
          Putin is democratic? That’s the best joke you’ve eve written here!
          In case you change your text – here’s the original, fantasttic!

          Hungary is one of only three true Democratic countries in Europe. And under Orbán Viktor that will never change. Besides, why is Putin brought into the equation all the time. Putin is also Democratic and means no harm to Europe or the world.

        • Putin is also Democratic and means no harm to Europe or the world

          Thanks for showing that you are nothing but a Kremlin-paid troll, then no Hungarian, or European having an Hungarian wife, would ever write such a statement…

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