A price for freedom!
Axel Springer Publishing (owned by BILD) with Russian opposition politician, historian and journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza (41) Award for Bravery The best.
Kara-Murza has been fighting for a democratic Russia for decades, surviving two assassination attempts with Putin’s regime’s nerve agents — and treatment in the United States saved her life. Nevertheless, he returned to Russia to join his comrades in the fight against Putin’s regime. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February this year, he founded an initiative against the war, and was later arrested and charged with high treason. Kara-Murza will be sentenced to 24 years in prison.
His wife Evgenia Kara-Mursa accepted the award for courage on behalf of Berlin – Wladimir Kara-Mursa was the first winner.
The award ceremony took place on Monday, November 28, at the Journalists’ Club in Berlin’s Axel Springer high-rise in the presence of international human rights defenders and guests from politics, business and society.
“Advocates of freedom and democracy want to be part of a global community defined by fundamental values,” former federal president Joachim Kock said in a welcome speech. “Your struggle deserves our continued support. Today we want to honor one of those brave men: Vladimir Kara-Murza.
Soviet dissident and writer Natan Sharansky delivered the awardee’s eulogy. Sharansky, who spent nine years in the Gulag, said of the Russian dissidents: “They are the shores of freedom. Your struggle must be our struggle. Even a very small bridge between our free world and those bridgeheads, like the prison where Vladimir Kara-Murza is held today, is very important.
Evgenia Kara-Mursa, who continues her husband’s quarrel, can communicate with him only through letters. Before the awards ceremony, she quoted a message from her imprisoned husband: “I would like to dedicate this award to all of them. I believe that when people in the free world think and talk about Russia, they think not only of the kleptocrats, war criminals and other criminals who sit in the Kremlin, but also of those who oppose them. Because a nation without us is no longer a nation.
Kara-Murza has been fighting for a democratic Russia for decades and was a close associate of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated in Moscow in 2015. Sometime later, Putin’s regime also wanted to kill Kara-Murza and launched a poison attack on him, which he survived.
Award for Bravery
The Courage Award honors courageous commitment to human rights. The award is in the tradition of company founder Axel Springer, whose unconditional commitment to freedom has always been a major concern and basis for his personal and entrepreneurial activities.
A high-level committee was responsible for selecting the Courage Award, including Natan Sharansky, Masih Alinejad (journalist and women’s rights activist), Samuel Xu (founder and presidential campaign for Hong Kong), Roya Mahboob (co-founder of Afghan Women). RoboticTeam) and Rushan Abbas (Founder and Executive Director of Campaign for Uyghurs).
Numerous guests from politics, business and society attended the award ceremony, including Renata Alt (Chair of the Human Rights Committee in the German Bundestag), Marco Feiber (Liberego – Partnership for Human Rights eV), Thor Halvorsen (Human Rights Foundation). Dr. Remko Leimhuis (American Jewish Committee), Wenzel Michalski (Human Rights Watch), Idris Knorr (DOEN Foundation), Woodward Clark Price (Ambassador of the US Embassy in Germany), Ron Prosser (Ambassador of Israel to Germany), Patrice Schneider (Director) Development Investment Fund ), Rebecca Schoenenbach (Women for Freedom eV), Prof. Dr. Jai-Wei Shih (Taiwan Representative in Germany) and Sigrid von Aken (German Postcode Lottery).
This year’s award for bravery was awarded by the German Postcode Lottery.
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