The article "Putin to visit Hungary, an ally" [News, Feb. 17] is slanted.

The story says some people call the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban "Little Putin." This is an exaggeration. In Hungary demonstrations are not uncommon. No one is jailed for exercising freedom of speech, and the police do not detain demonstrators unless serious violations occur. All these anti-government actions are not allowed in Russia without some form of punishment or retribution.

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The demonstrators mentioned in this article are mostly from the ultra-liberal parties, which in Hungary means former Communists or their descendants, and other misfits, because they have the least to lose.

Hungary is not an ally of Russia. It's strictly a business deal. Hungary needs the gas that Russia provides. It's time to stop browbeating Hungary.

Victor L. Fischer, Wantagh