Human rights activist Shlosberg awarded Boris Nemtsov Foundation Prize

The award ceremony will take place in Bonn on June 12

Lev Schlosberg, a member of the Yabloko Party's Bureau and a former deputy of the Pskov regional parliament, has become the first recipient of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation Prize, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr., the chairman of the foundation's board of trustees, said.

"Following the secret preferential voting among the members of the board of trustees the first recipient of the annual Boris Nemtsov Prize 'For courage in fighting for democratic values in Russia' has been chosen. The first recipient is Lev Schlosberg, a journalist, one of the leaders of The Yabloko Party and a former deputy of the Pskov regional parliament," Kara-Murza wrote on his Facebook page on May 23.

The award ceremony will take place in Bonn, Germany, on Russia's National Day, June 12, he said.

The first session of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation's board of trustees took place in Berlin on May 22. During the session, Kara-Murza, Jr., was elected chairman of the board.

The Boris Nemtsov Foundation was established by Zhanna Nemtsova, a daughter of the murdered politician, and plans to work in the fields of education and raising public awareness, expert evaluations and also in "helping political prisoners and those who are prosecuted on political grounds in Russia."

The Boris Nemtsov Prize is awarded annually for "outstanding courage in fighting for democratic values, human rights and freedom in Russia."

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