Mihály Vajda, a renowned Hungarian philosopher recently resigned from his post as Professor Emeritus after the University of Debrecen awarded Vladimir Putin an honorary degree. This event took place during the Russian president’s most recent visit to Budapest and remarkably encapsulates how Hungary’s political right has come full circle from a staunch anti-Russian force after 1989 to an instrument of Kremlin foreign policy since 2010. It is also indicative of the impact Moscow has had on the construction of Hungary’s “illiberal democracy”, first openly endorsed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in 2014.
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Source: Heinrich Boell Foundation