News is just coming in that the three jailed members of Pussy Riot have been nominated for the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for the Freedom of Thought.

Wikipaedia says of the the prize:

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named after Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, was established in December 1988 by the European Parliament as a means to honour individuals or organisations who have dedicated their lives to the defence of human rights and freedom of thought.

The nomination was made by German Green MEP (and leading MBK supporter) Werner Schulz and 45 other MEPs. There are several other candidates, supported by other political groups or individual members, but none from Russia.

As you must by now be aware Pussy Riot were convicted on 17 August for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” & for “performing a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral in which they called on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of President Vladimir Putin”.

The decision on the laureate will be made on 26 October from a shortlist of three candidates, which will itself be established on 9 October. The laureate will be awarded the prize in December 2012 in Strasbourg, providing of course that they are free to travel to accept it – otherwise it is awarded in absentia.

The last Russian winner of the Sakharov prize was the NGO Memorial in 2009.

Louder Than War has, of course, been following the Pussy Riot story since it began & you can read more of our coverage of this important story here.

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