On Friday, June 10, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will join in person with embassies and representatives of captive nations and human rights organizations for the 15th Annual Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Victims of Communism Memorial on Capitol Hill. We invite you to join us for this important event.
VOC will host an awards ceremony to recognize Russian dissident Alexei Navalny as the recipient of the 2021 Dissident Human Rights Award. Mr. Navalny is a Russian opposition leader, politician, lawyer, and anti-corruption activist. He came to international prominence by organizing demonstrations, and running for office, to advocate reforms against corruption in Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Putin’s government. Navalny has been described as “the man Vladimir Putin fears most” by The Wall Street Journal. Navalny is a Russian Opposition Coordination Council member, the leader of the Russia of the Future party and the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK).
Mr. Navalny was presented with the Dissident Human Rights Award virtually in January of 2021 but a formal ceremony was unable to be held at that time due to Covid-19 protocols. We are pleased to have Anna Veduta, Vice President of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, accept the award on behalf of Mr. Navalny at this year’s Roll Call of Nations Ceremony.