On January 2nd, 2023, a quote by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán about Hungary leaving the European Union was widely disseminated among Georgian (1,2,3,4,5,6) and Russian-language Facebook accounts (1,2,3). According to the quote, Orbán said that Hungary was part of the European family, but it turned out to be an “LGBT family.”
Viktor Orbán: “We were part of a European family and it turned out to be an LGBT family, where instead of a father and a mother, parents who are in a concentration camp are imposed on the child. The Hungarian nation never agreed to be patient, so we are no longer on the same path as Brussels. We will immediately start the process of leaving the European Union.”
Apart from the individual Facebook users, the quote was published by Irakli Jankarashvili, a supporter of the pro-Kremlin “Alliance of Patriots”, the page “Patriots“, as well as the Facebook account Conservative Movement Zugdidi, a supporter of the pro-Kremlin “Conservative Movement.”
Viktor Orbán’s alleged quote originates from a satirical source and was published by the Russian satirical publication Panorama. Disseminating Panorama’s material as an authentic fact without reference to the satirical content of the original source can mislead the audience.
On January 1st, 2023, the Russian satirical publication – Panorama published an article in which it is mentioned that Hungary, with the decision of Prime Minister Orbán, is starting the process of withdrawal from the European Union. The article says that the Prime Minister of Hungary accuses the European Union of not fulfilling its promises and notes that the European family has turned out to be an LGBT family, where children have a parent 1 and a parent 2 instead of a mother and father.
A warning is published on the website that the news posted on it is not real news and is “a grotesque parody of reality”. In addition, the site’s logo also mentions that the publication has satirical content.
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