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US News Belarusian activists get Lew-Kopelev price

22:50  16 april  2021
22:50  16 april  2021 Source:   dw.com

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The Belarusian civil rights Swetlana Tichanovskaya, Maria Kolesnikova and Veronika Zepkalo receive this year's LEW Kopelev Prize for Peace and Human Rights. This communicated the Kopelev Forum in Cologne.

Veronika Zepkalo (links), Swetlana Tichanowskaja und Maria Kolesnikowa bei einem Auftritt im Juli 2020 in Minsk © Picture-Alliance / AP / s. Grits Veronika Zepkalo (left), Svetlana Tichanowskaya and Maria Kolesnikova at an appearance in July 2020 in Minsk

the award of 2020, which was not awarded because of the Corona crisis, goes to the Russian media organization OVD info and the Russian Historian Jurij Dmitriev. The speech at the online award ceremony will hold North Rhine-Westphalia Prime Minister Armin Lashet, it said. The appointment has not yet been announced.

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" Swetlana Tichanowskaja , Maria Kolesnikova and Veronika Zepkalo personally settle as politically together with great courage for real democracy and against the obviously manipulated presidential elections in Belarus," explained the forum. "They became faces of the peaceful and non-violent protesting population in Belarus." Although the autocratically ruling President Alexander Lukashenko defeated the protests against the last elections with brutality, the resistance of women "personally unbroken," said it. Tichanowskaya and Zepkalo had to escape into exile before the state persecution, Kolesnikowa resisted a forced shift and is currently in a prison.

Two Prices Go to Russia

The Russian Initiative OVD-Info has been committed for the elucidation of arbitrary arrests for ten years and supported those affected and their families with information and legally assistance, said One of the winners 2020. The initiative was founded by the Journalist Grigorij Ochotin and the programmer Daniil Beilinson. Despite state disability, the organization is accompanied by reliable information about protests and provides it available on the Internet.

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The second winners, historians and researchers Jurij Dmitriev, clarify on Stalin's terror. "His researches are uncomfortable circulates of the Russian State apparatus in a time when Stalin and his work are increasingly gorgeous in a kind of historical Renaissance as a great leader, in public."

Der russische Historiker Jurij Dmitriev im Jahr 2017 © Y. Golovkin The Russian historian Jurij Dmitriev in 2017

Dmitriev has also located in the Russian province of Karelia shooting sites from the late 1930s, the time of Stalin's "great terror", located. In one of these scores, he managed to clarify the identity of about 7,000 shots of 56 nations, including Russia Germans. He detected further execution sites with around 55,000 names of murdered repression sensors from Stalin's time. For more than four years, Dmitriev has been detained after alleged allegations under the accusation of child pornography and pedophilia as well as on the basis of obviously fingered allegations.

With the undoped LEW-Kopelev Prize, the forum of the same name has been the same name since 2001 humans, projects or organizations operating in the sense of the Russian Germanist, writer and humanist Lew Kopelev (1912-1997). The aim of the LEW Kopelew Forum is to promote the exchange between West and Eastern Europe. Previous winners are among others of the Turkish journalist CAN Dündar, the sociologist Lew Gudkow and the recently deceased theologian Hans Küng.

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