Hungarian far-right MEP for Jobbik Party Bela Kovacs has been accused of spying for Russia and stripped of immunity.

According to Deutsche Welle, 55-year-old Bela Kovacs, a spokesman from the far-right party Jobbik in the European Parliament, has been in contact with representatives of the Russian special services since 2010. According to Hungarian prosecutors, the deputy is suspected of spying for Russia against the EU institutions.

Kovács is reported to have had frequent contacts with Russian diplomats and has been travelling to Moscow once a month; he even was an election monitor for the Crimea "referendum". The politician has denied all accusations. The European Parliament plans to hold a formal investigation against Kovacs and if found guilty, he will face from two to eight years in prison.