- Title: Alexei Navalny: Putin's vocal opponent tipped for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
- Date: 28th September 2021
- Summary: Activists from Russia's fragmented opposition movements staged their first open-air forum from June 17 to 20 in an attempt to coordinate their actions as Russia neared parliamentary elections in December 2011 and presidential elections in 2012. MOSCOW, RUSSIA (FILE - JUNE 19, 2011) (REUTERS) PEOPLE GATHERING AT FOREST FOR ANTI-SELIGER OPPOSITION ACTION, AGAINST THE ANNUAL SELIGER CAMP FOR RUSSIA'S NATIONALIST YOUTH MOVEMENT NAVALNY HOLDING STICKER WITH INSCRIPTION READING (Russian) "United Russia - Party of swindlers and thieves"
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- Keywords: 2021 Nobel Prize Russia Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny Vladimir Putin coma jail term poisoned protests
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- Country: Russia
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Imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is among the nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Navalny, 45, a strong and vocal opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was nominated for his â€œefforts for a peaceful democratisation of Russiaâ€ by Norwegian former minister Ola Elvestuen.
He was poisoned in August 2020 by what Western nations said was a nerve agent and is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for parole violations he calls trumped up.
The EU has imposed sanctions on Russian officials over Navalny's poisoning and imprisonment.
Moscow denies any wrongdoing and accuses the EU of meddling in its domestic affairs.
Navalny is also nominated for the 2021 European Parliament's annual human rights prize.
This year's Nobel Prizes, awarded for achievements in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics, will be announced from October 4 to 11.
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