President Pal Schmitt, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos and other dignitaries lit candles at the House of Terror museum in Budapest.
Former Prime Minister Peter Boross and MP of the governing Fidesz party Antal Rogan addressed an event at the memorial of Gulag prisoners also in Budapest.
The main opposition Socialists issued a statement paying respect to victims of the Rakosi era and martyrs of the retaliations that followed the anti-Soviet revolution of 1956.
The radical nationalist Jobbik party held an event in Budapest where the party’s Budapest chairman Gabor Staudt stated that the era of communism, “the most murderous dictatorship in world history,” has not yet come to an end.
February 25 was dedicated to the memory of the victims of communism under a parliamentary resolution adopted eleven years ago.
It was on that day in 1947 that Smallholders’ Party Secretary-General Bela Kovacs was arrested on trumped-up charges of spying against the Soviets and forming a counter-government. He was sentenced to 25 years of forced labour in the Soviet Union and only released six years later.