Anti-Hungarian Billboards Appeared in the Transcarpathian Region

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Billboards with the photos of figures from the “Society of Hungarian Culture of Transcarpathia” (SHCT) political party and anti-Hungarian inscriptions appeared in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, reported the head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Gennady Moskal on Saturday.

“The Transcarpathian Regional State Administration regards the billboards installed on Friday night in several areas of Transcarpathia with photos of figures from the ‘SHCT’ political party and anti-Hungarian inscriptions as a primitive provocation,” reported the press service of Moskal.

He also reported that law enforcement bodies are searching for the direct performers of provocation. “We are doing everything to expose the latest provocation. It has already been proved that such primitive things don’t work in Transcarpathia, neither Ukrainians, nor Hungarians are led on by it,” said Moskal.

As the Ukrinform agency, in the Transcarpathian region billboards with the inscription “We Will Stop Separatists” with photos of members of the “SHCT” appeared. According to unofficial information, more than two dozen of such billboards were counted in the entire region.

Last week, Ukraine and Hungary mutually expelled consuls. The reason for the demarche was Kiev’s outrage at the consulate of Hungary in the city of Beregovo of the Transcarpathian region located on the Hungarian border issuing Hungarian passports to the Ukrainian citizens. Budapest said that ideas about expelling the consul is unfriendly and risky, and threatened to lay obstacles along Kiev’s way to European integration. Tension in relations between Ukraine and Hungary arose against the background of discussions about the Ukrainian law on education, which significantly reduces the possibility of teaching in the languages of national minorities. The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg earlier stated that NATO is in close contact with the leadership of Hungary and Ukraine for the purpose of resolving disagreements between these countries concerning the language issue.

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The law on education in Ukraine, which significantly reduces the possibility of teaching in the languages of national minorities, came into force on September 28th, 2017. It will become effective step by step — before 2020. The governments of a number of the countries, including Hungary and Romania, said that this law violates the rights of ethnic minorities in Ukraine. Moscow also considers that the law on education violates the constitution and the international obligations of Kiev.

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