Bettina Vollath congratulates Alexei Navalny on the Sakharov Prize

EU human rights award for strengthening democracy and human rights in Russia

Vienna (OTS / SK) “This year’s Sakharov Prize goes to the Russian opposition and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny. In doing so, the EU is sending a signal against state repression under President Putin and is backing the entire Russian opposition movement, the free media and liberal civil society. The Russian leadership will stop at nothing, as the Navalny case showed, and we have seen it again and again in the past. The names Politkovskaya, Nemtsov and Skripal resonate clearly. Although there is legitimate criticism of Nawalny’s political positions, the price does not apply to them. Navalny is unjustifiably deprived of his liberty after a politically controlled process. And only because he openly denounced the abuse of power by the Russian leadership. He has thus become a symbol of the political opposition and a symbol of democracy and intellectual freedom in Russia. The EU Human Rights Prize is dedicated to this commitment. Alexei Navalny must be released immediately, “says SPÖ MP Bettina Vollath, a member of the EU Parliament’s Human Rights Committee. ****

The renowned Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded annually by the European Parliament and is the most important human rights prize in the EU. It is endowed with 50,000 euros and will be awarded personally to the winners by the President of the EU Parliament in a solemn ceremony at the December plenary session. The winners will be invited to the EU Parliament and will be given the floor in plenary. (Conclusion) sc

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Bettina Vollath congratulates Alexei Navalny Sakharov Prize

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