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Russian Woman Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

4. February 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Norwegian minister Erna Solberg recently nominated Svetlana Gannushkina and her group, “Memorial,” for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Svetlana Gannushkina is a Russian human rights defender and one of the founding members of the Russian Human Rights Center Memorial. Other known nominees for the award include Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, former Illinois Governor George Ryan, and the Internet.

A mathematician, Gannushkina worked for many years as a professor of mathematics at a Moscow university. She began her human rights work during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and is a founding member of the NGO Citizen’s Assistance and the Human Rights Center Memorial. Through her work for these organizations, Gannushkina has actively campaigned for the protection of human rights and has assisted countless refugees fleeing troubled areas of former Soviet Union. She was very active in providing aid to Chechens during both conflicts.

Gannushkina has won many awards for her work and was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize project. However, Gannushkina’s work has also made her the target of the number of death threats. Undeterred, she continues to actively campaign for the advancement of human rights.

The winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in October.


Photo: RIA Novosti