The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation honored Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev with the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom in Washington, June 11, VOA reports.
Founder of Amnesty International Ukraine, vice-rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University Myroslav Marynovych was also awarded.
“The nominees have always been hotly debated. Still this year the decision was made una voce. Fates of the two nominees are similar, as they both devoted their lives to struggle with the communist regime, suffered repressions and spent years in Soviet prison for their struggle for freedom”- Marion Smith, Executive Director of the Victims of Communism foundation noted.
The ceremony was attended by representatives and ambassadors from more than 40 countries.
Annette Lantos -- widow of Congressman Tom Lantos, chairman f the foundation Dr. Lee Edwards, Congressmen Don Rohrabacher and John Shimkins, Czech former President Vaclav Klaus and Myroslav Marynovych.
As Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev could not be present at the ceremony, the Medal was given to press secretary of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Liliya Muslimova.
Note: The Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom is awarded each year by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation to those individuals and institutions that have demonstrated a life-long commitment to freedom and democracy and opposition to communism and all other forms of tyranny. The award will be presented on June 11th at a ceremony hosted by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation at the Victims of Communism Memorial on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.