Prague, 2 May 2015. The Members of the Platform have voted to award this year’s Prize of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience to Mr Alexei and Mr Oleg Navalny of the Russian Federation. The Prize will be awarded at a ceremony in Budapest on 6 May 2015.
The Prize of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience is awarded annually to a person/persons who are fighting today against totalitarianism, for the ideals of democracy, fundamental human rights and freedoms and the rule of law. The Prize of the Platform should support its winner(s) in their struggle, help to protect them against persecution and help to support international publicity of their cause.
The Members of the Platform have voted this year for the Navalny brothers, in recognition of their personal courage, struggle and sacrifices for upholding fundamental democratic values and freedoms in the Russian Federation today. By the award of the Prize, the Platform wishes to express its respect and support to Mr Oleg Navalny whom the Platform considers a political prisoner and to Mr Alexei Navalny for his efforts to expose corruption, defend political pluralism and opposition to the mounting authoritarian regime in the Russian Federation.
The ceremony will take place on 6 May 2015 from 6 p.m. at the Duna Palota hall in Budapest, Hungary.
Admittance will be provided to accredited guests and media representatives only.
To request accreditation and access to the event, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your full name and affiliation, by Tuesday 5 May 2015 at 12.00 noon. The accreditation will be sent to you by e-mail.