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Philosopher returns doctorate in protest over Putin

Hungarian philosopher and left-wing intellectual Mihály Vajda said he has returned his honorary doctorate to the University of Debrecen because the university has also awarded an honorary title to Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports Novinite.

"I do not want to be associated in any way with an institution that has proclaimed Vladimir Putin as an honorary citizen," said the 82-year-old philosopher on Facebook.

At the end of last month, the University of Debrecen, in the second largest city in Hungary, announced that it intends to give the Russian president the title ‘Honorary Citizen’ in “recognition of the important role Russia and Hungary attach to the Debrecen University of Modernization, which will be preparing specialists for work in its new departments”.
Full report on the Novinite site
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