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Orban and Fidesz MPs refuse to acknowledge Navalny

The government majority MPs did not respond to a request from an opposition MP to stand for a minute’s silence.

Prime Minister Orban himself expressly welcomed the refusal: “Chauvinists do not deserve the respect of the Hungarian parliament,” said Orban. Orban went on to say that people who had “called Georgians rodents” would not be respected. He was referring to comments that Navalny made in 2008 on the occasion of the Russian invasion of Georgia – and for which he apologized in 2023. “Aside from that, rest in peace,” Orban concluded.

Several Western governments have blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for Navalny’s death, which Russian authorities announced on February 16. The Hungarian government, however, did not publish any public reaction. Opposition MP Bence Tordai, whose party initiated the minute’s silence in honor of Navalny, described the behavior of the Fidesz MPs as a “disgrace”.

Orban has long been criticized in the rest of the EU because he continues to maintain contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin even after the start of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Last year, Orban was even photographed shaking hands with the Kremlin leader.

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