The leader of the Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev received the Polish “Solidarity” prize on Tuesday, June 3, in Warsaw for his role in defending democracy and human rights, reports Radio Svoboda.
The award was presented to the laureate by the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski and the former Polish President Lech Walesa in the presence of dozens of leaders of other countries, who came to the Polish capital to mark the event.
“I’m glad I have the honor to present this award, along with Lech Walesa, to Mustafa Dzhemilev. With this award we can demonstrate our European solidarity,” said Komorowski.
In addition to Dzhemilev, several other participants addressed the audience during the ceremony, including Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Radoslaw Sikorski, Foreign Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt and president-elect of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, who promised that Crimea “will soon be free.”
The Solidarity prize includes the sum of EUR 1 million. According to Dzhemilev, this money will be used for the “Fund for the Development of Crimea.” He added that he would like to donate a portion of the money, about EUR 100,000, toward helping the families of the “Heaven’s Hundred” (the people killed on Maidan in Kyiv in February — Ed.) and those killed during the antiterrorist operation. Dzhemilev said he considers this award a sign of timely moral support for the Crimean Tatars and for Ukraine.
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