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MEPs propose to award Nemtsov with Sakharov Prize

The Estonian deputies suggest that Boris Nemtsov be posthumously submitted to the Andrei Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
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MEPs from Estonia Urmas Paet, Kaja Kallas, as well as a number of their colleagues suggest that Boris Nemtsov be posthumously submitted to the Sakharov Prize, Joinfo.ua informs with reference to the Estonian edition of Postimees.

“The award will go to the fund of Boris Nemtsov created by his daughter, the purpose of which is to support the Russian civil society in the struggle for a peaceful and democratic state,” said Paet. According to the MEP, by granting the Sakharov Prize to Boris Nemtsov, MEPs will be able to show that they do not forget the heritage of the Russian politician and can help “the small civil society” in Russia.

Among the initiators of the award were Hans Van Baalen, Petras Austrevicius and Norica Nicolai.

The Andrei Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was established by the European Parliament in 1988. Its amount is 50 thousand euros. Among the first awarded were the eighth President of the Republic of South Africa, the anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela and the Soviet dissident Anatoly Marchenko (posthumously).