Alexei Navalny receives EU’s Sakharov Prize

European Parliament awards prize to Russian opposition politician for fighting ‘corruption of Vladimir Putin’s regime’

Agnes Szucs   | 20.10.2021
Alexei Navalny receives EU’s Sakharov Prize File Photo - Russian opposition Alexei Navalny stands inside a glass cell during a court hearing at the Babushkinsky district court in Moscow, Russia on February 20, 2021. The Russian opposition Alexei Navalny will face two hearings on the same day, namely, the considering of his lawyers' appeal against replacement of his suspended sentence with a real term and a hearing on charges of slander against WWII veteran. ( Sefa Karacan - Anadolu Agency )


The European Parliament decided Wednesday to give the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

“In awarding the Sakharov Prize to Alexei Navalny, we recognize his immense personal bravery and reiterate the European Parliament’s unwavering support for his immediate release,” said President David Sassoli.

“He has campaigned consistently against the corruption of Vladimir Putin’s regime,” he said. “Navalny has helped expose abuses and mobilize the support of millions of people across Russia” with his social media campaigns.

The Sakharov Prize, named after Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, has been awarded to human rights defenders annually since 1988.

The ceremony will be Dec. 15 in Strasbourg, France but it is unlikely that Navalny will not attend because he is currently serving a 3.5-year prison sentence.

A Moscow court sentenced Navalny in February for violating parole.

He was arrested in Moscow upon his return in January from Germany where he had received treatment after being poisoned by the military-grade chemical agent, Novichok.

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