Jailed Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Wins EU Human Rights Prize

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Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s main critic, was awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize on Wednesday.

Annoucing the awards, Heidi Hautala, Vice-President of the European Parliament, said Navalny had shown “great courage in his attempts to restore the freedom of choice to the Russian people.”

In a sign of open criticism of the Kremlin, the leaders of the European Parliament picked the Russian politician for the Sakharov Prize.

Other candidates had been a group of Afghan women, and imprisoned Bolivian politician and former interim President Jeanine Anez.

Navalny survived a Soviet-era nerve agent poisoning while on a domestic flight in Russia.

After receiving treatment and recovering in Germany, he returned to Russia early this year, where he was promptly arrested and jailed.

Navalny’s recognition with the human rights prize will put a further damper on relations between the 27-nation bloc and Russia.

These have been on the decline for years, especially following Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and its support for a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

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