Hungarian Disinformation in Russia

How Moscow utilises tropes from Budapest to villainise Ukraine

3 May 2023

Dorka Takacsy

Marcin Król Fellow

The rise of Hungarian disinformation in Russian media exemplifies the opportunistic nature of those disseminating anti-Ukrainian propaganda, increasing the vulnerability of minority groups in the region at the same time.

While Russian disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is more and more studied and understood, what is less known is how disinformation can flow in the other direction as well.

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Russian state communication pays increasing attention to Hungarian pro-government media, and apparently, even without an institutional relationship between the two, they can mutually use each other’s narratives and stories in case of need.

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Dorka Takacsy

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow 2022/2023 at Visegrad Insight and a researcher passionate about politics in Russia and the CEE region. She pursues her PhD studies at the Corvinus University of Budapest, contemplating the broader topic of Russian domestic disinformation about the West. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID), focusing on disinformation.

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