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More recently, we were allies and shared a socialist community. However, and in those days the Hungarians managed to keep a little aloof and with a certain degree of self-irony bitter liked to call their country "most cheerful barrack in the socialist camp."

Been and gone

Indeed, both in terms of economic reform, and the degree of political freedom ahead of the Magyars "fraternal" socialist countries. Reforms began in the far 1966 with the introduction of the country's so-called "New economic mechanism". Already in the 80's in Hungary there was a large private sector, especially in the service sector and light industry. With capitalist Austria opened the border, but a caricature of Janos Kadar, General Secretary of Socialist Workers' Party, could be found in any newspaper. Semi-legal act opposition bourgeois parties. Dissidents and if dispersed, it is only the arrival of another "senior figures" from Moscow. After the end of the "checks" on them immediately forgotten. The standard of living was, perhaps, the highest of the "orthodox" socialist countries. Hungary, along with Yugoslavia at that time could be considered the most advanced, most of the capitalist countries of the so-called "Eastern bloc."

We Hungarians even socialism was his own, as they say, "with bold, rich goulash." No wonder the transition to a market economy in Hungary took place quickly, successfully and painlessly. No severe shocks or crises and defaults, fortunately for the Hungarians, they were not.

Once, in the second half of the 80's, in the former Soviet Union rather intently looked closely at the Hungarian experience. One time, in the era of Gorbachev, even in fashion appeals to learn from the Hungarians. However, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the socialist camp, with bilateral trade in the transition to settlements in SLE our ties with Hungary significantly weakened, and in some areas, and in general almost disappeared. Hungary joined NATO and is on the threshold of the EU, has reoriented its economy to the West. Here are imported from Russia mainly commodities, especially oil and gas. But I think the interest in this country, with its unusual, peculiar, unique culture, to the characteristics of the economy and finance remained. But after September 11, when Russia has strongly supported the Western coalition against terrorism, the current Atlanticist orientation Hungary ceased to be a barrier to the development of our relations.

Lived for the past ten years, our former partners in the socialist experiment, have achieved, than live in today? This article is intended in some way to answer such questions.


Since 1998, the power in the country was a center-right coalition of bourgeois parties, led by the Hungarian Civil Fidesz. Prime Minister Viktor Orban was. But here in April 2002, the Republic of Hungary held parliamentary elections, the winner of which was a coalition of left-wing parties - the Socialist (formed from the wreckage of kadarovskoy HSWP, that is, the former Communist) Party and the Free Democrats. These parties won a majority of seats in the Hungarian parliament.