The first Soviet soldiers to leave Hungary under a withdrawal agreement signed during the weekend boarded a train heading for home today as a military band played the two countries' national anthems in a small town west of Budapest.
Demonstrators from the pro-democracy group Federation of Young Democrats held a small protest. The protesters waved signs saying, "Hurry home to the sunshine in Azerbaijan" and "Go home as quickly as you came," referring to the 1956 Soviet invasion.
Under an agreement signed in Moscow, two-thirds of the Soviet troops and equipment in Hungary are to be pulled out by the end of 1990. There are 49,700 Soviet soldiers in Hungary as well as 27,146 combat vehicles, including more than 800 tanks and 1,500 armored personnel carriers.
About 300 troops and 40 armored vehicles boarded the train today at the railway station in Hajmasker.