Sakharov Prize 2021: talks with representatives of Alexei Navalny | Atualidade

Mr Navalny is currently imprisoned in Russia and therefore cannot himself attend the award ceremony in the hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The award will be accepted by his daughter Daria Navalnaya on his behalf.

Journalists can express their interest in conducting online or physical interview with Mr Leonid Volkov, representative of Mr Navalny who is expected to be present at the ceremony, by registering through this EU inquiry link in Monday December 6 at 12:00 p.m. CET later.

Mr Volkov is one of Mr Navalny’s political advisers and was his chief of staff during Mr Navalny’s 2018 presidential election campaign.

Please note that make a request does not guarantee that you will get an interview. You will receive confirmation of your availability or not for an interview only on Friday December 10, not before. Mr. Volkov speaks English and Russian and no interpretation can be provided.

Interview slots are scheduled for Tuesday, December 14.

Alexei Navalny, winner of the 2021 Sakharov Prize

Alexei Navalny is the winner of this year’s Sakharov Prize, following a decision by European Parliament President David Sassoli and leaders of political groups on October 20. He is a Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption activist, who rose to international prominence for organizing protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government, running for office, and advocated for anti-corruption reforms. Due to his activities, he is currently being held in a high-security penal colony in Russia.

Precautionary measures due to COVID-19

Accredited journalists wishing to attend the ceremony in person can do so. However, please note that precautionary measures, including the compulsory wearing of a medical mask, respect for social distancing (1.5 m) and temperature controls at the entrances, remain in place.

In addition, as of November 3, all people (including journalists) entering Parliament buildings are also required to present a valid EU COVID digital certificate. The EU COVID digital certificate proves that a person is either fully vaccinated or immune after recovering from COVID-19 or may have a recent negative PCR test result. The digital and paper formats of the EU digital COVID certificate or a recognized equivalent certificate are valid.

Proof of a negative result of a PCR test carried out within the last 72 hours in Belgium, Luxembourg or France will also be accepted.

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