Laureate of the Nemtsov Prize 2022 — Volodymyr Zelenskyy

by Olha Povaliaieva
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Laureate of the Nemtsov Prize 2022 — Volodymyr Zelenskyy

The president of Ukraine became the first non-Russian laureate of the "Boris Nemtsov Prize". For courage

Thanks to his courage during the war, the president of Ukraine became the winner of the annual Russian Boris Nemtsov Prize. This was reported by Zhanna Nemtsova, daughter of Boris Nemtsov, founder of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom.

Other Ukrainians, whom we now see in defense of the country, got into the shortlist: the mayor of the capital Vitalii Klitschko, the singer and now a soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Andrii Khlyvnyuk, and paramedic Yulia Paevska, who is now in Russian captivity and we know her by the call sign Taira. Zelenskyy was elected by voting among the board of the foundation.

"I think that even Vladimir Putin was, to put it mildly, surprised that Zelenskyy turned out to be a courageous person, and at the moment, he is the leader of the free world... We give the award not for the past and not for the future. We give an award for what a person has done here and now this year. And here and now, Volodymyr Zelenskyy stayed in Kyiv and decided to defend his Motherland together with his people. He showed courage. In these moments, his words about the fact that he does not need evacuation but that he needs weapons — this is the quintessence of his incredible courage," Zhanna Nemtsova.

The Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom was founded to perpetuate the memory and path of a man who had the courage to take the opposition to Putin's deceitful tyranny. Boris Nemtsov was killed for his enlightenment views. The Foundation continues the work of Boris Nemtsov: education and freedom of information, education, and training, the inclusion of Russia and its citizens in the pan-European agenda, and the promotion of European values.

We remind you that Alexei Navalny became the winner of the Nemtsov Prize in 2021.

On the cover of this article, you see a photo of president Volodymyr Zelensky during his visit to Bucha a few days after its de-occupation.

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