Vladimir Putin to be awarded honorary citizenship of University of Debrecen

August 25, 2017

Photo: Russian Presidential Executive Office

The University of Debrecen will award honorary citizenship to Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports nepszava.hu.

Putin will receive the honor in the Parliament during his visit to the 2017 World Judo Championships in Budapest on Monday.

According to the initial plan, the ceremony would have been at the University of Debrecen. Reportedly, Hungary’s Counter Terrorism Centre had already started to search the campus to secure it for Putin’s arrival when he canceled his visit and chose to stay in the capital.

According to napi.hu’s information, the University of Debrecen decided to award Putin the honorary citizenship because “both the Hungarian government and the Russian Federation bestowed a prominent role to the University of Debrecen in the Paks II [nuclear plant] investment”.

Putin will attend the judo by invitation of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. It will be Putin’s second visit to Hungary this year.