Lőrinc Mészáros sells shares of company he never co-owned with Szilárd Kiss

July 23, 2015


Months ago, Felcsút mayor and Orbán confidante Lőrinc Mészáros denied having ownership of a business incorporated in Russia, but investigative journalism NGO Átlátszó.hu has found Russian documentation that shows the almost bankrupt pipe-fitter turned millionaire sold his share of the Russian company two weeks ago to Szilárd Kiss, who served as Hungary’s agriculture attaché at the country’s Moscow embassy but mainly dealt in the sale of Schengen area visas to Russian prostitutes and underworld figures.  Kiss was arrested earlier this year for bribery and is being held in pre-trial detention.

Átlátszó reports that Mészáros owned 33 percent of the company, Kiss owned 34 percent, and a Russian woman owned the remaining 33 percent.

Business records published by Russia’s tax authority website show that Mészáros sold his stake in the Russian company for RUB 660 000 (USD 11,500). The transaction was recorded on July 9, 2015. The Russian female also sold her stake in the company. Both sold their stake back to the company, meaning the only remaining shareholder is Szilárd Kiss.

Hungarian police rejected a criminal complaint against Mészáros two months ago, claiming a lack of evidence. The complaint was filed because Mészáros failed to disclose his ownership in the Russian company in his asset declaration (a document Hungarian public officials are required to file).