Sakharov Prize: European Parliament honors Alexei Navalny

Sakharov Prize: European Parliament honors Alexei Navalny

Andrew H. Sweet

Accepting the Sakharov Prize in Strasbourg in her father's name, Daria Navalny said, "they were close to killing my mother, they almost killed my father, and no one will guarantee that tomorrow European politicians won't start falling dead by touching a doorknob."

Awarding the prize in October, European Parliament President David Sassoli said, "He has fought tirelessly against the corruption of Vladimir Putin's regime, which cost him his liberty and nearly his life. Today's prize recognizes his immense bravery, and we reiterate our call for his immediate release."

Alexei Navalny has been held in a corrective labor colony in Russia's Vladimir Oblast region, east of Moscow, since February 2. He is serving part of a three-and-a-half-year sentence for alleged parole violations. He faces six additional charges, including allegedly starting an "extremist group."

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