EU grants Navalny human rights Sakharov Prize

18:48, 20 October 2021
EU grants Navalny human rights Sakharov Prize Photo: navalny/

The leader of the Russian opposition Alexei Navalny who is currently in prison was awarded the Sakharov Prize which is the European Union’s highest award for work in the human rights field. 

Along with Navalny, Afghan women were also nominated as they are gradually losing all their rights following the Taliban’s takeover as well as Jeanine Anez, a Bolivian politician who was jailed for allegedly staging a government coup.

Now Navalny is to receive nearly $43,000, however it is inconceivable as he is jailed in one of Russia’s prisons for a fraud case.

His term is two and a half years, however, Navalny is currently undergoing another trial which could result in him staying in jail for as much as 10 more years.

"Today's prize recognises his immense bravery and we reiterate our call for his immediate release," David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament said on Twitter.

The award was launched in 1988 in honour of the Soviet academic Andrei Sakharov who despite being a nuclear physicist who worked on the Soviet development of thermonuclear weapons, advocated for disarmament and human rights.

Among those who have received the prize is Nelson Mandela.

Earlier the Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov received the Nobel Peace Prize.