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Pussy Riot Nominated for Sakharov Prize

Topic: Punk Group Pussy Riot Case

Pussy Riot Nominated for Sakharov Prize
14:51 14/09/2012
BRUSSELS, September 14 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: human rights, Sakharov Prize, Christ the Savior Cathedral, Pussy Riot, European Parliament, Anatoly Marchenko, Nelson Mandela, Ales Bialiatski, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

Three jailed members of the punk group Pussy Riot were nominated by the European Parliament for a prestigious prize named after Soviet human rights activist Andrei Sakharov.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich, who were sentenced last month to two years in prison for their "punk prayer" in Moscow's Christ the Savior cathedral in February, were nominated by German parliament member Werner Schulz for the "For freedom of thought" award, otherwise known as the Sakharov Prize.

Other nominees include Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, as well as members of the Rwandan and Iranian opposition.

The candidates will be officially presented on September 25 in Brussels. The winner will be chosen in December in Strasbourg.

The Sakharov Prize, which comes with a 50,000 euro award, is given to individuals and organizations who have made a special contribution to the protection of human rights.

Nelson Mandela and Soviet dissident Anatoly Marchenko, who died in prison in 1986, were the first to be awarded the prize in 1988.

 

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  • bielecSoros' fingers all over this nonsense
    16:22, 14/09/2012
    How serious is it? A prestigeous award given to three punks for shaking their a$$es and b**bs in a church to protest a president democratically elected by the majority of the voters. Ridiculous.
    How about giving this award to the protesters in Bahrain?
  • Panthera PardusWe do not have video of Sakharov engaged in sexual activities
    22:25, 14/09/2012
    also, I do not think that Sakharov would have ever desacrated a Church.

    what a sad ending..

    I am a citzien of a country in the EU, I wish this union disappears, no citzien cares about it, it is just important for the Banks..
  • rochefortfrancoisblablabla
    23:21, 14/09/2012
    My god, can't beleive europe is going down so fast. Something is really going wrong this days no?
  • NikoThere is something seriusly wrong with some people in western siciety today
    01:40, 15/09/2012
    They have completely lost their compas and common sense.

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