Affidavit by Dietmar Clodo on Orban’s corruption by the Solntsevo Gang


An affidavit signed by Dietmar Clodo, German citizen:

“In the 1990s, I lived in Budapest, where I was doing consulting and owned a private security company, SAS. There I met a well-known businessman, Semyon Mogilevich. We established relations of trust, partially because both of us were religious Jews.  In the mid-1990s — actually between 1993 and 1996 — he asked me to hand over cash to various people. One of them was Sándor Pintér [the current Hungarian Minister of Interior Affairs]. At that time, I only knew that he was a senior police officer and that he was working for Mr. Mogilevich. I was officially introduced to him later, after he quit his job with the police. It happened in 1996/1997. Semyon Mogilevich asked me to hand him money, and I did so. It was clear to me that these people were influential. For me, Sándor Pintér was just one out of many corrupt people to whom I handed envelopes containing cash on behalf of Mogilevich.  He and other people used to come to my home on Meggy Utca 19, in the third district of Budapest. They used to take money in envelopes, 10,000 Deutsche Marks each. This practice continued through 1996; later, the money was transferred through somebody else. Once, in the spring of 1994, on the eve of the parliamentary elections, Mogilevich’s interpreter brought me a suitcase containing almost one million Deutsche Marks.

This money was supposed to be handed to a young man.  However, the young man refused to enter my home. I told him: “Listen, I have the suitcase with the damn money, and I am not going to step out onto the street with this cash.  If you refuse to enter, I’ll give the suitcase containing the million back to Mr. Mogilevich. I don’t care.” He went up to my place with another older-looking gentleman, and I handed over the suitcase with cash.  I didn’t care who he was. Only after the parliamentary elections did I realize that the young man was Viktor Orbán from the Fidesz. Mogilevich called it “a crucial contribution to the electoral campaign”. Other people who regularly visited me to collect their fees included László Tonhauzer, who at that time was the head of the Budapest Police Organized Crime Division; former Senior Police Investigator, István Sándor; and László Juszt, an influential media man.

The main reason I was assigned to this money-transfer task was that I had nothing to do with the Russians, and, as the international section chief of the independent Hungarian Commercial and Industrial Chamber, I was seen as a serious man.  I declare, under penalty of perjury, that I have told the truth”.



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