Another provocation by Ukraine’s anti-Hungarian media outlets, using Jobbik as pretext

In the past few weeks there have been several articles published in Ukraine, trying to attack and smear Jobbik. Last weekend, Transcarpathian Ukrainian Zakarpattya portal posted a substandard item to ruffle the nerves of people who are sensitive to such things. The preliminaries of the case are that Feszty Panorama Foundation (in cooperation with the Transcarpathian Hungarian Teachers’ Association chaired by THCA politician Ildikó Orosz) will hold a cultural event in Transcarpathia on June 2-4, as part of the Árpád Feszty Memorial Year. The event’s programme features a historical quiz contest, some excursions as well as World Champion archer József Mónus’ record attempt to shoot an arrow across the Verecke Pass on June 3.

Anti-Hungarian media outlets used this event as a pretext to envision separatist and revisionist efforts again. According to their conspiracy theory, Jobbik (in cooperation with Russians, of course) assigned its local Transcarpathian organizer Dezső Kovács to the task of destabilizing the region and eventually to help annex Transcarpathia, while “anti-Ukrainian media outlets have begun a massive campaign to restore Greater Hungary”. Obviously, they cite no examples of the latter at all.

Contrary to the allegations of the Ukrainian press, Jobbik has nothing to do with the otherwise excellent events, and what our Transcarpathian organizer did was that he posted the leaflet of the event on his own Facebook page.

Jobbik has never participated and will never participate in any action that could possibly endanger the peaceful co-habitation of Transcarpathian ethnic groups or attempt to change their state organization violently, against their will. It is not our goal and it cannot possibly be in our interest! It is also a blatant lie that our members were allegedly preparing to disrupt Ukrainian national celebrations and events. What we have been and will be demanding is territorial autonomy and the related complete self-governance in such areas, among others, as education, culture and language use.


MP István Szávay, Chairman of Jobbik’s National Policy Cabinet