While Russian support for far-right groups in Europe has been widely rumored, the recent events in Hungary have brought to light new evidence of Moscow’s constant attempts to support far-right extremists.
Hungary’s national security committee has confirmed that the MNA’s members (neo-Nazi National Front movement) openly trained with Russian diplomats and men dressed in Russian military intelligence uniforms. This was reported by Financial Times.
Hungarian media found emails between MNA leaders that reveal a strategy to secure funding from Moscow. Mr Gyorkos also founded Russian-domain website, a forum for pro-Russian disinformation on Ukraine’s war.
The suspicion about MNA appeared after Hungarian police conducted an operation to arrest the leader of the organization Istvan Gyorkos, who called himself a Nazi and admired Hungarian Nazi Ferenc Szálasi, who was Hitler’s ally during World War II and was executed later for participating in mass murder.
"During the police operation Gyorkos barricaded himself in his house and started to shoot, killing one policeman. Now Gyorkos is in jail and is suspected to have committed a number of crimes including spreading man-hating ideology," the daily notes.
From sources in the security services it is known that in Budapest knew that Russia supported extremists in Hungary.
"But the authorities have not raised the issue, fearing that Moscow refuses to implement economic projects. That is about gas supplies and construction of two reactors at the Nuclear Power Plant in Paks," the newspaper writes.
Earlier it was reported that Ukraine and Hungary agreed on construction of highway before 2020. The Prime Minister and Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban also discussed possibility of supplying LNG to Ukraine.