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Alexey Navalny was awarded the Sakharov Prize

The European Parliament awarded Navalny the Sakharov Prize, reports with the BBC

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The European Parliament has awarded Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny the Andrei Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the main human rights prize in the European Union.

The fact that Navalny became the winner of the award is reported by the European People's Party, the largest faction of the European Parliament, which at the end of September nominated the oppositionist for this award. The official winner will be announced later.

Reaction

“Navalny is tirelessly fighting the corruption of Vladimir Putin’s regime. It cost him his freedom and almost cost him his life. Today's award recognizes his immense courage and we reiterate our call for his immediate release, ”MEP David Sassoli tweeted.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also said that he "welcomes the decision to award the prize to Navalny."

"Great news. Even such well-known awards, alas, will not release Alexei from prison, ”wrote Navalny's associate Georgy Alburov.

“This decision once again confirms that he is not an ordinary foreign agent, but a person on whom a serious stake has been made. And all the methods are good in order to support this avatar “Navalny” in the media space, ”Andrei Klimov, head of the temporary committee of the Federation Council for the protection of state sovereignty and prevention of interference in the internal affairs of Russia, told TASS.

“I am ashamed of the MEPs. They award a prize to a felon who is serving a sentence, in fact, for fraud. By this decision they devalue this premium. Nobody will pay more attention to this award, ”Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, told TASS.

Sakharov Prize

In addition to Navalny, the top three contenders included 11 Afghan women (activists and human rights defenders) and a Bolivian prisoner, Janine Agnes, a politician.

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded annually by the European Parliament. Its size is 50 thousand euros ($ 59 thousand).

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The presentation ceremony is planned to be held during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 15 December. Navalny will not be able to attend the event, since he has been in a Russian colony since the beginning of this year.

He is due to be released in the fall of 2023, but several more criminal cases have been initiated against the politician in Russia.

Last year, the Belarusian oppositionists received the Sakharov Prize.

In 2018, the prize was awarded to Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, who was sentenced by a Russian court to 20 years in prison on terrorism charges.

In the fall of 2019, he was released as part of a prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine.

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The Andrei Sakharov Prize "For Freedom of Thought" was established by the European Parliament in 1988, it is awarded to people or public organizations "for their exceptional contribution to the struggle for freedom of thought and human rights around the globe."

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