Notable Deaths Elsewhere

July 06, 2009

BELA KIRALY, 97

A Hungarian revolution leader

Bela Kiraly, one of the military leaders of Hungary's short-lived anti-Soviet revolution in 1956, has died, the Hungarian government said. The daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet reported that Mr. Kiraly died Saturday morning in Budapest.

In 1952, he was sentenced to death on trumped-up conspiracy charges by Hungary's Stalinist regime. The October 1956 revolution, aimed at overthrowing the communist regime, lasted less than two weeks before it was crushed. Mr. Kiraly had been freed from prison just weeks before the revolution and during it he was named as Budapest's military commander and head of the National Guard.

After the revolution, Mr. Kiraly continued to advocate for its cause.

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