Lili Rutai is a freelance journalist based in London and Budapest. She has previously reported for Vice, The Calvert Journal, and Atlatszo.hu about social issues, culture, and politics in Hungary.
Also by Lili Rutai
June 03, 2023
In Hungary, Ukraine's Roma Find Refuge From War But Not From Poverty
After Russia's invasion of Ukraine, many Roma from Ukraine's Transcarpathia region fled for neighboring Hungary. With unclear legal status, many were denied the rights of other refugees, and ended up in mass shelters. Now with the help of Hungarian grassroots groups some are rebuilding their lives.
May 08, 2023
In Hungary, Politics Is Mainly A Man's Game
Despite having a female president, only 13 percent of the seats in Hungary's parliament are taken by women, much lower than the EU average of 33 percent. Rather than just being a recent problem, however, the scarcity of women has characterized Hungarian politics since the fall of communism.
April 09, 2023
The Growing Pains Of Hungary's Two-Tailed Dog
The Two-Tailed Dog Party started life as a joke: pledging to build a mountain and promising voters free beer and eternal life. But now, as the most popular opposition party among the under-40s, the party is finding out that politics is not all fun and games.
August 13, 2022
From Spa Town To Ghost Town, Hungary's Heviz Is Suffering Due To Coronavirus, Ukraine War
Heviz has long been a popular destination for Russians but the coronavirus pandemic and now Russia's war on Ukraine have ended the stream of Russian tourists seeking rest, relaxation, and restorative waters. Locals fear that Heviz might never recover.
July 16, 2022
Despite Population Decline, The Hungarian Government Is Making It Harder To Have (IVF) Babies
Hungary has outlawed all private institutions from offering IVF treatment, with the government saying it wants to make the procedure more accessible and help stop the shrinking of the population. Instead, fewer people are able to receive fertility treatment and many are looking to go abroad.
April 01, 2022
Meet The 'Fidesz-Fluencers,' The Internet Personalities Trying To Court Hungary's Young Voters
Ahead of elections that could unseat Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a crop of young politicians from his party are trying to attract a young crowd. But with unprecedented levels of spending on memes and action movies, some in the opposition are accusing the ruling party of having an unfair advantage.
March 30, 2022
For Hungary's LGBT Community, The Vogue Scene Is About More Than Self-Expression. It's About Staying Safe.
A distant, more glamorous cousin to traditional ballroom dancing, the modern ballroom and vogue scenes are exploding in Hungary. For the country's under-pressure LGBT community, it has been a home away from home.
February 21, 2022
A Tale Of Two Diasporas: The Battle For Hungarian Voters Abroad
After being given voting rights in 2012, the traditional Hungarian diaspora has been loyal to Viktor Orban. But a new generation of Hungarians living in Western Europe -- many of whom are young, politically engaged, and no fans of the Hungarian prime minister -- is changing the electoral calculus.