October 28, 2014
History teaches us to remember its lessons and draw relevant conclusions. Someone who doesn’t do it will be punished sooner or later.
Unfortunately, this truth hasn’t been comprehended by Hungarian governmental authorities who have come into power as the fates decree. Prime Minister of Hungary Victor Orban is a good example of this opinion. A great number of reforms, that was promised by him before his election chief of government was not carried out neither in 2010 nor in 2013 after reelection. Moreover, he has started crackdown on human rights and freedoms in the country and coming back to totalitarian ideas.
Nowadays, Hungary is a small country with communist past, which joined the European Union and has been trying to approach political, economical and social standards of leading Western nations. The experts have started, however, to find impartial similarities, comparing his policy with policy of Russian president. As example there is adoption of “Media act”. This act tightens up Media control in the country and permits the state structures to fine Mass Media for “non-balanced” or “amoral” publications. It’s known that this act caused mass protests in Hungary.
It should be noticed that so warm relations between Hungary-Russia caused by Russian credits. These credits make Hungarian government much more compliant. So, Orban’s government has blocked the EU sanctions against Russia.
Besides, in June of current year Hungarian parliament adopted disputable 10 billion euro credit contract for building and financing of 2 nuclear reactors by Russian concern “Rossatom”. In spite of the EU insisted to carry on tender. Implementation of this contract can significantly strengthen economic and political dependence on Russia. Also, building of nuclear reactors needs further utilization of nuclear waste. In result the cooperation with “Rossatom” will lead to, that Russia will be able to tie fuel supply with its political demands. Nevertheless, Hungarians gave its peremptory preference to Russians. Thus, Hungary neglected Brussels’ commentary, signed contract with “Rossatom” and intensified energetic dependence on Russia.
Victor Orban openly criticized implementation of next package of sanctions against Russia after the EU Council Meeting on the August, 30-31. He stated that sanctions against Russia are self-deception and it will be inefficient action.
In connection with such declaration we should remind Vicror Orban about event had happened 60 years ago. Then Hungarian government’s attempts of implementation of harmless reforms caused in instant reaction of Kremlin. In October 1956, soviet troops bloodily suppressed aspiration for liberty and independence of Hungarian people. Despite of Hungarian people resistance Soviet Union imposed its values on Hungary for many years.
Mr. Orban shouldn’t forget lessons of history and price that nation paid. Don’t forget about drag of country development but only if Hungary was not under the yoke of Soviet Union it could be one of the most advanced European states. It’s a good example of dangerous friendship with Russia because this friendship isn’t on an equal footing. That’s why when the scale is trembling between personal sympathy of some politicians and fate of the country, high rank officials must make a right choice.