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The Nobel Committee has awarded its 2022 Peace Prize to three promoters of human rights from our region: the human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski from Belarus, the Russian human rights organization Memorial, and the Ukrainian human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties. The Kennan Institute congratulates these human rights advocates for their tireless work to empower civil society in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. Memorial and Ales Bialiatski face significant resistance from their own governments in Russia and Belarus. The Center for Civil Society has played a critical role in documenting human rights crimes and abuses in the aftermath of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. This year's Nobel Peace Prize laureates exemplify courage under pressure, and "together they demonstrate the significance of civil society for peace and democracy."

As highlighted below, the Kennan Institute has benefited from years of collaboration with the International Memorial Society and the Memorial Human Rights Center. We have hosted individual scholars as well conducted joint seminars on such issues as the Gulag, historical memory in Russia, contemporary political prisoners, and the current state of human rights in the Russian Federation. We are sharing selections from our collaboration to underscore the value of Memorial's work.