Russian opponent Vladimir Kara-Mourza receives the 2022 Vàclav Havel Prize

Russian opponent Vladimir Kara-Mourza receives the 2022 Vàclav Havel Prize

PARIS (Reuters) – The Council of Europe on Monday awarded the 10th Václav Havel Human Rights Prize to Russian opponent Vladimir Kara-Mourza, who is jailed in Russia.

Vladimir Kara-Mourza, who notably worked with opponent Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead in Moscow in 2015, was arrested last April for opposing the war in Ukraine.

He claims to have been the subject of two poisoning attempts by Russian security services, which Moscow denies.

Currently detained Vladimir Kara-Mourza, 41, is charged with high treason, a crime that risks 20 years in prison.

“It takes incredible courage in Russia today to defy the ruling power. Today, Vladimir Kara-Murza is showing that courage from his cell,” said Tiny Kox, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

The award was presented to his wife, Evguénia Kara-Mourza, at a special ceremony at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

(Report Michaela Cabrera written by Richard Lough, French version Lina Golovnya edited by Sophie Louet)

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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