Alexei Navalny to receive the 2021 Sakharov Prize  

Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny will be awarded the 2021 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in a ceremony on Wednesday at noon.

Mr Navalny is currently imprisoned in Russia and can therefore not attend the award ceremony in the European Parliament’s hemicycle in Strasbourg himself. His daughter Daria Navalnaya will receive the prize on his behalf from EP President David Sassoli.

President Sassoli and Leonid Volkov, one of Mr Navalny’s political advisers who served as his chief of staff during Mr Navalny’s 2018 presidential election campaign, are scheduled to hold a press conference after the award ceremony, starting at 12.45 CET, in Parliament’s Daphne Caruana Galizia press conference room.

In addition, Mr Volkov and Ms Navalnaya will both take part in a press seminar organised by the European Parliament on Tuesday 14 December at 15.30.

You can watch both the ceremony and the press conference live via EP Live and EbS.

Read more about the other nominees for the Sakharov Prize this year.

MEPs on the Foreign Affairs and Development committees and on the Subcommittee on Human Rights will hold a discussion with Ms Navalnaya and Mr Volkov on Monday 13 December 19.45 – 21.15.

Background information

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named in honour of Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, is awarded each year by the European Parliament. It was established in 1988 to honour individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Procedure: Award ceremony

Award ceremony: Wednesday, 15 December

Press conference: Wednesday, 15 December, at 12.45 CET, with European Parliament President David Sassoli and Mr Leonid Volkov