2021 Sakharov Prize laureate: Alexey Navalny

At a Glance 08-12-2021

Respect for fundamental freedoms is a core value of the EU, which it promotes through its external policy. The European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize honours the work of human rights defenders. With human rights under attack in many parts of the world, the Prize remains as relevant as ever. This year it is awarded to Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny, whose brave refusal to be silenced recalls the work of Soviet-era dissidents such as Andrey Sakharov. The Sakharov Prize will be presented at a ceremony during the European Parliament's December plenary session, although Navalny himself will be unable to attend due to his being in jail.