Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

“Scandalous” German Award = Vaclav Havel is not Like Vladimir Putin

Posted by Info on 16/07/2011

Berlin-based Werkstatt Deutschland announced that Putin was to receive the prize for his contribution to Russia’s “stability through the interaction between prosperity, economics and identity,” as well as to the reliability of German-Russian ties.
Putin served with the KGB in East Germany for five years until German reunification in 1990.

The award, which has no monetary component, is awarded to honor “models committed to enlightenment, engagement and the common interest.” Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and former Czech president Vaclav Havel have won the award in the past.

Several Quadriga board members withdrew from the board in protest against the decision as described the decision as “scandalous.”

Vaclav Havel hails retraction of Putin ‘role model’ prize.
“Vaclav Havel thinks it was very wise of the panel to reconsider its choice,” Havel’s secretary Sabina Tancevova told AFP.
The award should be given to people like Anna Politkovskaya or Sergei Kovalov or Liu Xiaobo — people who devoted their lives to protection of human rights and freedoms and promoting democracy.”


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