A terrorist or a traitor: The Sakharov Prize finalists will be announced in Strasbourg

11.10.2016

In Strasbourg the finalists of the award "For Freedom of Thought" in name of Andrei Sakharov will be declared today. The award ceremony takes place every year during the December plenary session in the first half of December. The President of Parliament personally hands the award to the winner. The award consists of a cash prize of 50,000 euros.

Good intentions

According to official data, the award is given annually for achievements in areas such as the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, democracy, and upholding the rule of law, respect for international law, and the protection of minority rights.

The road to hell

In fact this award, as well as a huge number of other awards which are awarded for achievements in the so-called human rights activities, is an element of soft power of the West and promotes neo-liberal ideas. Among the recipients are such figures as the Kosovo extremist Albanian Adem Demaci, pro-Western Belarusian opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich, the Russian "Memorial" NGO, entered in the state register as "foreign agents", the deputy of the State Duma of the 1st and 2nd convocation, Sergei Kovalev, who called for Russian troops to surrender to terrorists in the Chechnya war, Mohamed Bouazizi, whose self-immolation started a series of bloody revolutions, the so-called "Arab spring", and many others.

The prize for terrorism

On this year's nominees list is Mustafa Cemil, the head of the so-called "Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars", banned in Russia. He has repeatedly made statements calling for the Crimean Tatars to conduct acts of terrorism and sabotage, in particular he supported the so-called "blockade of the Crimea" and the formation of the "Noman Çelebicihan" battalion. Cemil also called for the blockade of the peninsula from the electrical and water supply, which is a de facto act of terrorism on a national scale.