20 March 2017
Source: editors (JC)
♦ Women of the Don leader receives Politkovskaya Award ♦
On Saturday, 11 March 2017, a large audience at the Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre in London applauded as Valentina CHEREVATENKO, founder of the Women of the Don NGO, received a special award from Elena Kudimova, Anna Politkovskaya’s sister who lives in London.
The principal winner of the 2016 prize was Jineth Bedoya Lima, a journalist from Colombia.
The organisers of the award, the RAW in WAR charity, decided that in 2016, the tenth anniversary of the first prize award (which went to the late Natalya Estemirova), it would issue two prizes. The second 2016 award should be given, in their view, to another woman from Russia who, like Anna and Natalya, had also done outstanding work in several post-Soviet conflict zones.
For more about Valentina and the Women of the Don, see earlier items in Rights in Russia and the new Wikipedia article about her and her organisation.