Hungary freezes Russian assets worth €870 million

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European Pravda reports, citing the Hungarian newspaper Népszava, that Hungary has frozen approximately Ft350 billion (€870 million) worth of Russian assets, as of 25 November. According to a recent evaluation by the European Commission. It is a giant leap.

Népszava notes this is noteworthy, even in comparison to other European countries, especially before the November evaluation. Budapest had reported the seizure of merely about Ft1.2 million (€3,000) of Russian assets to Brussels before November, which seemed a meager amount.

November’s discovery of the sizeable, sanctioned assets in Hungary, as Viktor Orban’s government’s fight for EU funding with Brussels was intensifying, may have just been a coincidence, but it is remarkable.

Local authorities in Italy, Germany, and Austria have frozen approximately €2.3 billion, €2.2 billion, and €1.8 billion of Russian and partially Belarusian assets, respectively, according to the most recent data. In the meantime, it stands at €11.3 million in Bulgaria, €10.8 million in the Czech Republic, and €4.9 million in Slovakia.

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