The prize is named after Andrei Sakharov, the former Soviet dissident and human rights campaigner who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975.
Meanwhile, a presidential challenger to Lukashenka, Sergei Skrebets, has gone on trial in Minsk, charged with financial crimes in a case that he insists was fabricated as a means of removing him from the presidential race.
Skrebets, a former parliament deputy, is running as an independent in the election, which is scheduled for 19 March.
Video Roundtable On Belarus/Ukraine
On December 8, 2005, RFE/RL and the Policy Association for an Open Society (PASOS) jointly conducted a roundtable discussion on issues relating to Belarus's post-Soviet transition. To view video of the roundtable, click here.