Budapest — Hungary’s intelligence services completed a report on the "network" run by George Soros, backing up the claim that the financier is trying to interfere the 2018 elections, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. In an interview with state-run Kossuth radio on Friday, Orban reiterated accusations that Soros was bent on undermining Hungary by helping to flood it with Muslim migrants. Soros denied these claims, saying that Orban was lying and setting up a "mafia state" designed for its leaders’ personal enrichment. He said the government was more oppressive than the country’s communist-era regime during Hungary’s Soviet occupation. Orban, who has focused his entire campaign for re-election on attacking Soros, went a step further in Friday’s interview, accusing the "speculator" of using nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) he funds to carry out work befitting political parties. These civic groups would set up offices nationwide to campaign against the government because of its stan...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now