The award is “dedicated to the courageous democratic opposition in Russia” and will be given to Kasparov “for all the people who stand up for Russia’s future in peace, freedom and democracy, often risking their lives in the process,” the Weimer Media Group (WMG), which awards the prize, said Thursday, April 20.
The Media Freedom Prize recognizes public figures who are particularly committed to free expression, public interaction, political dialogue and democracy.
The 2023 prize is being awarded for the ninth time. In 2022 the prize was awarded to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
In previous years, the prize was awarded, in particular, to former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Albert II of Monaco, former President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, and one of the leaders of the German Free Democratic Party (FDP), German Finance Minister Christian Lindner.