Alexei Navalny awarded the “Europe Prize for Political Culture 2023”

The Hans Ringier Foundation's "European Prize for Political Culture 2023" is awarded to the freedom fighter Alexei Navalny. He is honored as a personality who embodies European values far beyond Russia. The European Prize, worth 50,000 euros, has been presented for the seventeenth time and has previously gone to Jean-Claude Juncker, Boris Tadić, Jürgen Habermas, Pascal Lamy, Jean-Claude Trichet, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Donald Tusk, Wolfgang Schäuble, Heinrich August Winkler, Mario Draghi, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Margrethe Vestager, Sir Christopher Munro Clark, Zuzana Caputová, Peter Sloterdijk and Kaja Kallas.

Alexei Navalny received today in Ascona the “European Prize for Political Culture” of the Hans Ringier Foundation. Representing her husband, who is imprisoned in Russia, Yulia Navalnaya accepted the award in Ascona. “Alexei Navalny stands for the power of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. Europe can only bow before his indomitable spirit – in gratitude and admiration,” commented President of the Hans Ringier Foundation Frank A. Meyer on the choice of this year’s laureate.

Joachim Gauck, former German President, paid tribute to the prize winner in his laudation: “With its European Prize, the Hans Ringier Foundation is paying tribute this year to Alexei Navalny, a man who has disappeared behind prison walls for denouncing injustice, corruption and war. With his extraordinary courage, he stands up to those who wanted to murder him and now want to break him with brutal, inhumane prison conditions. Because he is silenced in his homeland, he needs the solidarity and support of those who can speak freely. We Europeans not only admire his attitude and courage, but he also allows us to believe that there is another Russia, a Russia beyond the criminal Putin system.”

The award ceremony took place during the traditional “Dîner Républicain”, which is held annually at the invitation of Frank A. Meyer at the hotel “Castello del Sole” in Ascona.

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Award ceremony “Europe Prize for Political Culture 2023”
Caption: f.l.t.r. Zakhar Navalny, son of Alexei Navalny, Yulia Navalnaya, wife of Alexei Navalny, host Frank A. Meyer and Joachim Gauck, former German Federal President. Portrait from artist Tania Jacobi

Group picture Dîner Républicain 2023 Hotel Castello del Sole, Ascona, Switzerland
Caption: seated l.t.r. Mihaela Geoanã, wife of Mircea Geoanã, Deputy Secretary General of NATO, host Frank A. Meyer, Yulia Navalnaya, wife of Alexei Navalny and their son Zakhar, host Lilith Frey, Daniela Schadt, partner of Joachim Gauck, former German President.

standing l.t.r. Marco Solari: President Locarno Film Festival, Livia Leu: Secretary of State, Philippa Sigl-Glöckner, partner of Wolfgang Schmidt, Head of the Federal Chancellery, BETWEEN THE TWO LAST, Christine Schraner Burgener: Secretary of State for Migration.