Richard Field’s rejoinder to Zsolt Bayer

March 13, 2015

bayerZsolt Bayer, Publicist, Magyar Hírlap

Dear Mr. Bayer:

I am deeply honored to join the pantheon of illustrious individuals insulted by you in the pages of the Magyar Hirlap!  Could not Lőrinc Mészáros or another one of the Prime Minister’s friends apply for EU funds to bury that fetid, open sewer of a newspaper deep under ground where it belongs?

As I have already expressed my contempt for you in my open letter of January 16, 2015, I see no point in responding to your infantile commentary of March 4, 2015.

However, I would like to point out that whatever you or other Fidesz apologists may think of me, at least nobody is accusing me of being a paid informer for the secret police, or having serviced Russian President Vladimir Putin in a manner befitting a homosexual porn star.

Last Friday Budapest Beacon senior correspondent Ben Novak  interviewed Hermitage Capital founder Bill Browder, whose Russian tax attorney, Sergei Magnitsky, was arrested, tortured and murdered in 2009 for uncovering the theft by corrupt Russian officials of $230 million from Russian taxpayers.  His book Red Notice: The True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight For Justice, is a chilling reminder of the fate awaiting Kremlin critics prepared to speak truth to power.

People like Boris Nemtsov.

I understand Browder’s book will be published in Hungarian later this year.  If you read it, you will come to better understand why getting into bed with Vladimir Putin is a very bad idea.

Unfortunately, it seems Hungary’s Prime Minister surrounds himself with bootlickers like you only too eager to tell him what he wants to hear.  As a recent article on Hungary’s ill-conceived foreign policy makes perfectly clear, such slavish behavior is a prescription for disaster, not only for Hungary but for the European Union as well.

Sincerely yours,

Richard Field
Managing editor
The Budapest Beacon