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Protest against Putin's visit to Hungary takes place in Budapest

17 february 2015 | 09:45

Slogans: "Putin – no, Europe – yes!", "Putin – Rasputin!", "Russians: home!"

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Protest against Putin’s visit to Hungary takes place in Budapest

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Protest against Putin’s visit to Hungary takes place in Budapest
A protest against future Putin's visit to Hungary has taken place in Budapest. Western news agencies report about 1,500-2,000 protesters.

The protesters marched from Eastern to Western Station of Budapest, which, according to organizers, should symbolize the desire of Hungarians to go to the West, not Russia.

People were holding flags of the European Union and Ukraine, which, according to protesters, is occupied by "Putin's Russia."

The protesters shouted "Putin – no, Europe – yes!", "Putin – Rasputin!", "Russians: home!"

The action is being organized by nonprofit organization Human Platform, which unites human rights activists.

The Hungarian opposition does not believe in the promises of Prime Minister Viktor Orban to build a "two-vector policy," with good relations with the West and the East at the same time. As Marton Goulash, the head of the Human Platform stated in an interview to ATV, it is in the interests of Hungary to stay in Europe rather than building a corrupt state where journalists and gay people are persecuted and civil rights are strongly limited.

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According to him, non-transparent deals between Hungary and Russia make Hungary's economy dependent on Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Hungary to agree on a "new route of transporting Russian gas.

On 17 February, the heads of two states will discuss "possible joint projects" in the gas sector, including developing of a new format on gas cooperation after closing of the "South Stream".

Source: Radio Svoboda

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