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Oct 26, 2016

Russian Ambassador summoned over comments about '56 Revolution and CIA role

Hungary will not tolerate talking “in a humiliating manner about the revolution and its heroes"

Hungary’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Russian ambassador over reportedly disparaging remarks on Russian state media about Hungary’s 1956 anti-Soviet uprising.

The ministry said Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, would make it very clear to Ambassador Sergejev Vladimir Nikolajevic that Hungary will not tolerate talking “in a humiliating manner about the revolution and its heroes".

AP reports that comments made on Russian state media described the Hungarian revolt as a “pogrom” and as the first of the “color revolutions,” like Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution” in 2005, implying that the CIA was behind the uprising.

The opposition party Politics Can Be Different had urged the ministry to react.

Hungary is currently commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Revolution, during which over 2,500 Hungarians and 700 Soviet troops were killed and which prompted 200,000 Hungarians to flee their country.