HVG: PM had tie to communist-era security

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had a formal “social connection” to the Interior Ministryʼs state security department during his compulsory service with the communist-era Hungarian Army, from October 20, 1981 until his discharge in 1982, according to documents published today by Hungarian weekly HVG. This connection implies he could have been used as an informant.

The document published by HVG says that Orbán’s duty was to explore crimes aimed against the Hungarian state or crimes that could hurt the Hungarian state. The document also says that Orbán was required to maintain his “social connection” until his discharge from military service.

ATV, citing the state security guidebook from the communist era, earlier said that the term “social connection” referred to an individual who is “loyal to socialism and, on query or voluntarily, informs to state security authorities" – though such a person was not deemed qualified to be a counter-intelligence officer.

According to HVG, the document that they published was classified with an "A" level of security, but a hand-written signature on that document could mean that there were documents with Orbán that were classified with a higher level of security.

The claim that Orbán was an informant for the communist authorities was first made by Lajos Simicska, the media oligarch whose business success has been linked to his close affiliation with Orbán, but who had a very public falling out with the prime minister earlier this year. 

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