Disinfo: The US is preparing to overthrow the Hungarian government


The United States continues to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries and to exert political pressure on their governments. America’s heavy-handed leadership encroaches on the independence of EU member states, particularly Hungary, whose government it seeks to overthrow in a “Venezuelan scenario”.


This is a standard narrative found in pro-Kremlin Russian media.

The claims appeared after January 25th 2019, when US Democratic senators Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin and Chris Murphy addressed President Donald Trump with a resolution. In their document, the senators condemn the actions of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, on the matter of human rights. The resolution denounces Hungary’s attempts to undermine the independence of its judiciary, restrict civil society groups, infringe on press freedom, and violate the rights of asylum seekers. When introducing the resolution, Senator Durbin pointed out that Viktor Orban’s government is abandoning the country’s European course and cosying up to Russia. However, the resolution clearly does not call for the overthrow of the Hungarian government.

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  • Reported in: Issue137
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Hungary, US
  • Keywords: Viktor Orban, EU, Democracy, Human rights, US presence in Europe


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