Why this story matters:
George Soros ’ first video message, published online at the end of November, came as a surprise to many. After months of being the government’s punching bag and scapegoat, the billionaire broke his silence. He claimed that Fidesz was spreading lies about him and the so-called „Soros plan”. More video messages followed in December.
„The Orban-regime oppresses the population more than the Russian occupation,” he declares, adding that the Hungarian Prime, Minister Viktor Orban, wants to eradicate NGOs.
He knows him quite well. Or should I say, knew him. The Open Society Foundations (OSF), an organization created by Soros, helped Fidesz financially before the transition to democracy. Viktor Orban, a champion of democracy back then, studied in Oxford thanks to a scholarship from Soros. A lot has changed since then.
In the latest video messages, the businessman and philanthropist claims that the prime minister has established a „mafia state, a mafia system”, where leaders use their position to stay in power and enhance their wealth.
It is an interesting development that George Soros decided to put up a fight a few months before the general elections in Hungary. Some claim that the businessman will not succeed in changing his image merely by releasing a couple of videos. They believe it is too late because Fidesz spent billions of taxpayers’ money on the anti-Soros campaign and now a significant portion of the Hungarians see the billionaire as a manipulator who wants to meddle in Hungarian politics and resettle millions of refugees in Europe.
Regardless of the outcome, at least the finance mogul has a voice in this „debate” now. The following article elaborates on the unexpected messages of George Soros.
Details from the story:
- The spokesman of the Open Society Foundations in Hungary, Csaba Csontos, assured Nepszava that apart from the video messages of George Soros, the organization will start a politically neutral information campaign about NGOs and the importance of their work. It will be launched this week.
- Viktor Orban responded to the video messages on Friday, in an interview on national radio. He said that „the Soros network has entered the election campaign”.
- Accusing George Soros of trying to destabilize the government through NGOs affiliated with him is not a phenomenon particular to Hungary. It is also a popular rhetoric in Macedonia and Serbia. The conservative government of the latter accused Mr. Soros of meddling in the country’s internal affairs.