Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Wins 2021 Sakharov Prize

Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Wins 2021 Sakharov Prize

Andrew H. Sweet

The prize, named after a Soviet dissident, is awarded by the European Parliament every year. Since 1988, the €50,000 ($58,156) prize has been awarded to individuals and rights organizations to promote and defend human rights and freedoms.

Also among the nominees for this year's award were UK-based environmental and rights group Global Witness, jailed former Bolivian President Jeanine Anez, Sahrawi activist Sultana Khaya and 11 Afghan women.

Navalny's recognition of the human rights prize will likely heighten tensions between the E.U. 27-nation bloc and Russia.

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