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Hungary opens 370 cases against Ukrainians suspected in illegal citizenship

156 people from Ukraine were served charges in Hungary
15:31, 11 February 2019

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The Hungarian Prosecutor’s Office has opened 370 cases against people from Ukraine under suspicion in the illegal Hungarian citizenship, 156 people were served charges as of January 28. Prosecutor General of Hungary Peter Polt made such a statement, as 24.hu reported.

At the moment, 60 investigations take place, 32 cases are at the initial stage. The court decisions were made upon 108 cases; two of them are not final.

The issue is about the issuance of Hungarian citizenship without the knowledge of the language in the majority of cases. However, there was an example, when a shell person, who spoke Hungarian came to the consulate but the citizenship was provided to another person.

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Moreover, the false data about the residential address was put on the official register.

Earlier, Hungarian political force “Democratic coalition” requested prosecutor’s office to provide information about people from Ukraine, who illegally live in the country. It was emphasized that such Ukrainians can influence the results of the elections.

Earlier, Ukrinfrom published a video where a few Ukrainians receive Hungarian passports and owe allegiance to Hungry in the Consulate in Berehove, Zakarpattia region. The Hungarian diplomat recommended not to inform the Ukrainian authorities about receiving the new documents. 

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Yuriy Lutsenko, Prosecutor General, claimed that Ukraine's Security Service investigated this case; however, the service denied this.

Tamás Menczer, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Spokesperson, later reported that Hungary did not intend to withdraw its consul from Berehove due to the scandalous video about the issuance of Hungarian passports to the Ukrainians.

In its turn, Ukraine claimed that in case, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary does not withdraw their consul from Berehove, and then Ukraine will offer him to abandon the territory.

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