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Soros Says Hungarians Are Exploited by Orban-Run ‘Mafia State’

George Soros speaks on day two of the World Economic Forum on May 24.
George Soros speaks on day two of the World Economic Forum on May 24.Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Budapest-born billionaire George Soros said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has dragged his nation into a phase in which the interests of the people are being “exploited by a mafia state.”

Soros, speaking at a dinner taking place on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, said he has a rule against discussing Orban and their personal differences in public. Still, he said the Hungarian leader has turned the way he runs his country in “a very clever construction.”