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Russian Rights Campaigner Wins 'Alternative Nobel'

Svetlana Gannushkina
Svetlana Gannushkina

Russian rights campaigner Svetlana Gannushkina has been named a co-winner of a Swedish human rights award sometimes referred to as the "alternative Nobel."

The Right Livelihood Award Foundation announced on September 22 that Gannushkina shares this year's prize with the Syria Civil Defense group, Egyptian women's rights activist Mozn Hassan, and Turkish independent newspaper Cumhuriyet.

They will share a cash award of $350,000.

The jury said all of this year's winners upheld "fundamental human rights and values in the face of war and repression."

Gannushkina, 74, was cited for her work to promote "human rights and justice for refugees and forced migrants, and tolerance among different ethnic groups."

She is the founder of the Moscow-based Civic Assistance Committee, which offers legal aid and education to migrants and refugees.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa