Russia’s Best Friend?

Budapest in between Moscow, Kyiv and Brussels

4 May 2020

The Russian media frame Hungary as the friendliest of countries, portraying it as closer to Moscow than to Brussels, and emphasising how Russia and Hungary collaborate in pressuring Ukraine.

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered responses from all affected states. Different countries have taken different measures. Some were purely medical, others regulated the employment and labour law, the activities of financial institutions, state institutions, the education system, essential services, transportation and so on.

The prevailing trend was an introduction of quarantine-type measures such as self-isolation, movement restrictions, curfews, identification of infected persons and the like. The introduction of such measures often required the adoption of legislative amendments.

Several countries have declared states of emergency. In some of them, discussions have subsequently started on the appropriateness of these measures and their possible consequences.

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Grigorij Mesežnikov

Grigorij Mesežnikov is a political scientist and the President of the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) in Slovakia. He has published expert studies on party systems’ development and political aspects of transformation in post-communist societies, illiberal and authoritarian tendencies, populism, nationalism and hybrid threats in various monographs, collections and scholarly journals in Slovakia and other countries.

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