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The Russian ambassador to Hungary has been summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade over comments broadcast on Russian state TV about the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 following commemorations Sunday, according to reports.

Commemorations held in the cemetery of Rákoskeresztúr in Budapest on October 23 (photo: MTI/Balázs Mohai).

A program aired on Russian state television after the 1956 commemorations in Hungary on Sunday said that the uprising that year was a “pogrom,” while the deputy director of the Russian state media referred to it as a “colorful revolution in a friendly country,” Hungarian online news portal 444.hu reported, noting that in the Russian language “colorful” is used as an adjective to suggest the suspected involvement of the U.S. secret services.

The program also said that “thousands of Nazis were let loose from prisons” during the revolution, according to reports.

The 444.hu report cited the ministry as saying that they would “make it very clear at the meeting that degrading comments about the 1956 revolution and its heroes would not be tolerated from anyone.”

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