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Russia invites far-right anti-Semitic Hungarian politicians to visit Crimea

Members of Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party have already received an invitation “from the Russian side” to visit Russian-occupied Crimea in autumn, according to a Hungarian MP, according to the Kharkiv human rights protection group (khpg.org).

Bela Kovacs, Jobbik Party / Reuters
Bela Kovacs, Jobbik Party / Reuters

The exact date of the visit is to be announced in the coming weeks, said Marton Gyongyosi, MP from Jobbik party in an interview with Russia’s Sputnik, with his party considering to be represented “at the highest level”, according to khpg.org.

The statement comes just a week following a visit to Crimea of 10 French politicians, many known for their unwavering support for the current Moscow regime, visited Crimea despite protests from the Ukrainian authorities and condemnation by official Paris, as the trip flouted the official French position and breached both Ukrainian and international law.

It is illegal to enter occupied Crimea except via Ukraine which the politicians failed to do.  Ukraine has now initiated criminal proceedings and banned the 10 politicians from entering Ukraine for three years. 

Members of the Jobbik party have already demonstrated their loyalty to Moscow and willingness to breach international law. Jobbik’s Bela Kovacs was one of the ‘observers’ whom Russia brought in on March 16, 2014 to praise its pseudo-referendum in Crimea.  Marton Gyongyosi held a press conference shortly afterwards at which he announced that “Jobbik considered the Crimean vote as the triumph of a community’s self-determination.”

Official denials from Jobbik about its anti-Semitic, anti-Roma and homophobic views are hardly worth mentioning in the age of the Internet.  Márton Gyongyosi, for example, is reported to have proposed drawing up a list of people in the country "to see how many are of Jewish origin and present a certain national security risk to Hungary." He apparently later ‘apologized’.

Gyongyosi claimed that members of his party were in contact with the Crimean authorities, members of the media and with Crimean Tatar activists.  The First Deputy Head of the Mejlis [representative assembly] of the Crimean Tatar People told Radio Svoboda that the Mejlis has had no contact with Hungarian politicians for the last 18 months.  This is no surprise.  Meetings were organized for the French politicians with those Crimean Tatars who have chosen to cooperate with the occupation regime and who could be relied on to say ‘the right things’.  

They will doubtless be brought in to repeat their rejection of undeniable rights violations for the benefit of the far-right Jobbik politicians as well.

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