Former Russian dissident and distinguished human rights activist Vladimir Bukovsky visits Hungary – received the Petőfi award

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Former Russian dissident, neurophysiologist and human rights activist Vladimir Bukovsky received this year's Petőfi award in recognition of his anti-communist activities and support of the people of Central Europe.

The award was handed over to the distinguished human rights activists in the House of Terror Museum on Monday by the director general of the institution Maria Schmidt who praised Bukovsky's relentless anti-communist activities.

PM Viktor Orbán already granted the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic to Bukovsky on April 29, 2011 in parliament.

The award was named after nineteenth century national hero and poet Sándor Petőfi whose activities can be linked to the Russian human rights activist Vladimir Bukovsky's relentless struggle for human rights in the context of Eastern-European history said the director of the institute Maria Schmidt.

In response Bukovsky said as a young man the Hungarian poet and freedom fighter had an influence on him; he was inspired, together with other Russian youth to hold literary readings in Moscow until the organizers were arrested by the secret police.

The Hungarian Revolution in 1956 influenced the people of Russia a great deal; riots broke out in several Russian towns, and the people rebelled against the Soviet oppression said Bukovsky.

While in Hungary the renowned human rights activist talked to “Lánchid” radio; here are some of the highlights

- After the collapse of the Eastern block the old nomenclature survived and still had a great influence in certain parts of the world, it continues to control the lives of many countries. This slows down the recovery process, which is of course different in every country. The tragedy is the failure to bring the communists to justice.

- The European Union is a softer version of the Soviet Union. It still doesn't have its own Gulag, but the two systems are very similar, including their philosophies of running the empire. None of them democratic, both controlled from the top by an unelected leadership.

- The European Commission is not elected by us. We elect the European Parliament but the body has less power than the top management. All members of the parliament receive six minutes of speaking time per year. All in all, both unions are undemocratic, top managed by an unelected body, the nomenclature and you can't remove them from power.

- The EU is a kind of "crazy bureaucracy". For instance, a couple of years ago the European Commission banned hunting horses and zebras; but where the hell are zebras in Europe? If there are no zebras why is prohibited to hunt them? This ruling is just as crazy as if it would have come from the Soviet bureaucracy.

Question: If someone deviates from the central ideology of the EU no one sends him to forced labor camp. There are no massacres and forced medical treatments in the EU like you had to suffer in the '70s, in the Soviet Union.

- Not yet; but they are already working on it. Look at the Europol, which was formed to supervise us all in 32 criminal categories. Racism and xenophobia is not a crime in any of the EU countries. But Europol can arrest us if they label us racist or xenophobe, while the terms have no legal definitions. If they brand you racist you can go to jail. Will psychiatry be used against the opponents of the system? It is quite likely. I do not think they will ever build gulags, because in Europe there is no place large enough to build such camps. Even Shetland islands in Scotland is not big enough for such thing. I believe that subtle psychiatric procedures already exist. There are already "counseling" available for those considered not sufficiently tolerant with other races or other sexually oriented individuals. In Great Britain we already have such thing; you in Hungary will have it very soon. So the "counseling" aspect is already in place.

- If a political party accepts the EU rules it will have to satisfy the expectations of the European Union. Consider the recent controversial decision of same-sex marriage. In Britain it is already a real possibility. Cameron forced the legislation through the parliament even if he is a conservative politician, even if the bill is promoted by leftist parties. Why? Because Cameron has to meet the expectations of the European Union. Conservative or not, politicians do what the EU dictates.

Question: The Orbán government began its work three years ago. During these years, it has been constantly criticized by the EU leaders. Does this show that the Hungarian government doesn't satisfy the expectations of the EU?

- I think criticizing governments is normal in a democracy. There's nothing wrong if people are dissatisfied with their own governments. But in the case of Hungary and especially, in the case of PM Viktor Orbán an international pressure is exerted on him and his government. The prime minister is not so much criticized by Hungarians, but rather the pressure comes from international bodies and institutions that are upset because Orbán seems out of control. I know this situation very well because I too was accused with uncontrollable behavior. An international campaign has been going on against Viktor Orbán. They are always looking for opportunities to criticize him.

Question: You mentioned in connection with the European Union: its fall is near. But I want to finish this interview on a more positive note: what do you think what should be done to change the situation in Europe and regain our freedoms?

- The first step is to disband the EU, because the EU is the source of lack of freedom and oppression. It should be dissolved. We must return to the Common Market's arrangement. The European Common Market worked very well, there was nothing wrong with it. Problems started as soon as they decided to create a state in place of the Common Market. It would be the best if we could go back in 1985, the time of the Common Market. To create a unified state in its place is crazy. It is a real Soviet project. It sounds like the Soviet Union itself.

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Anonymous said...

Former Soviet Dissident Warns For EU Dictatorship 2006-02-27

Vladimir Bukovksy, the 63-year old former Soviet dissident, fears that the European Union is on its way to becoming another Soviet Union. In a speech he delivered in Brussels last week Mr Bukovsky called the EU a “monster” that must be destroyed, the sooner the better, before it develops into a fullfledged totalitarian state...
The ultimate purpose of the Soviet Union was to create a new historic entity, the Soviet people, all around the globe. The same is true in the EU today...
I think that the European Union, like the Soviet Union, cannot be democratized. Gorbachev tried to democratize it and it blew up. This kind of structures cannot be democratized...
When you look into all this bizarre activity of the European Union with its 80,000 pages of regulations it looks like Gosplan. We used to have an organisation which was planning everything in the economy, to the last nut and bolt, five years in advance. Exactly the same thing is happening in the EU. When you look at the type of EU corruption, it is exactly the Soviet type of corruption, going from top to bottom rather than going from bottom to top...
If you go through all the structures and features of this emerging European monster you will notice that it more and more resembles the Soviet Union...
Can you imagine a KGB with diplomatic immunity? They will have to police us on 32 kinds of crimes – two of which are particularly worrying, one is called racism, another is called xenophobia. No criminal court on earth defines anything like this as a crime [this is not entirely true, as Belgium already does so – pb]. So it is a new crime, and we have already been warned. Someone from the British government told us that those who object to uncontrolled immigration from the Third World will be regarded as racist and those who oppose further European integration will be regarded as xenophobes...
Hence, we have now been warned. Meanwhile they are introducing more and more ideology. The Soviet Union used to be a state run by ideology. Today’s ideology of the European Union is social-democratic, statist, and a big part of it is also political correctness. I watch very carefully how political correctness spreads and becomes an oppressive ideology...
There will be a collapse of the European Union pretty much like the Soviet Union collapsed. But do not forget that when these things collapse they leave such devastation that it takes a generation to recover. Just think what will happen if it comes to an economic crisis. The recrimination between nations will be huge. It might come to blows. Look to the huge number of immigrants from Third World countries now living in Europe. This was promoted by the European Union. What will happen with them if there is an economic collapse? We will probably have, like in the Soviet Union at the end, so much ethnic strife that the mind boggles...

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