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Orban's deputy PM secret luxory hunting trips to Sweden

Conservative daily Magyar Nemzet published videos, photos and documents proving that Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén used to take part in luxurious hunts in Sweden for years in total secrecy. Semjén is the second on Fidesz-KDNP's party list for the 2018 parliamentary elections.

Semjén is not the only government member who likes to spend money on luxury: cabinet minister Antal Rogán for example took a luxury helicopter ride in 2016 to a wedding of her wife's friend. A helicopter popped up in Semjén's story, too.
According to people Magyar Nemzet spoke with, deputy PM Semjén has been flying to Sweden once a year since 2012. They added that the chairman of the Christian Democratic Party hunts mostly for reindeer, moose and fool-hen. He hunted in Sweden in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and he did not go there alone.
He was always accompanied with a former Head of Department in the Ministry for Agriculture who hunted together with Semjén. According to the conservative daily the tours were organized with absolute care and strange precautionary measures.
It happened for instance that a whole hotel was rented for Semjén and his company so they can be alone and nobody could recognize them, especially not other Hungarians. According to the organizers, it was very important to help Semjén to be successful. Furthermore, they learnt that he does not like long walks thus; they allowed him to move by horse.
The price for the trips were horribly high, 4-5 million Swedish krona (EUR 500,000) for each. Furthermore, luxurious extras even increased prices. For example, a helicopter ride in September last year to hunt down a reindeer.
Renting a helicopter is very expensive in Sweden, it costs 25.000 krone (EUR 2,464) for an hour. However, Semjén's monthly gross income as minister is 1,1M forints (EUR 3,533). Furthermore, according to his financial statement (2017), his savings barely reached 5.5 M HUF (EUR 17,668).
There is no wild reindeer in Sweden that has been extinct for 150 years, "Zoltan Török wrote in a passionate facebook post, a well-known natural film in Sweden, which was first discovered by the Népszava. Zoltán Török has been shooting for years in Sweden for a film about reindeer life. In 2004, the film "The Harmony of the Reindeer" was introduced, and it is therefore highly regarded in the subject. According to the director, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén could hunt for domesticated reindeer during the fall. The reindeer counts the animals and the herd sort out the bigger bulls whose meat would have bad taste after the bite.
It has been long known that Semjén is very passionate about hunting. He said to pro-government TV channel Echo TV that communist leader János Kádár and János Fekete consolidated hunting in Hungary. He added that hunting is independent from politics and it is a hungaricum (something specifically Hungarian).
Earlier, in an interview he talked about shooting roaming dogs to prevent the damage they cause to the economy and nature.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2018 20:10



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