Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

German Prize Honoring Putin For ‘Enlightenment’

Posted by Info on 11/07/2011

The Berlin-based group Werkstatt Deutschland announced that Putin was to receive its “Quadriga” prize, which would be bestowed on him October 3, the Day of German Unity.

The award, which has no monetary component, has been offered every year since 2003 to honor “models committed to enlightenment, engagement and the common interest.”

The award raised questions in the German press as to why Putin, criticized by human rights activists for his authoritarian leadership, should deserve such an honor. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, himself a previous recipient of the Quadriga prize, has criticized Putin as “autocratic.”
Russian political scientist Vladislav Belov said he was “astonished” that Putin is to be honored in Germany at this time, and that the Russian leader had no need for such an award.


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