2015 American liberty Award was awarded posthumously to Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, Ria.ru. The official ceremony took place September 9 at the International Republican Institute in Washington.The award was received by his friend journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza, who said that Nemtsov was a "black sheep" of Russian political dimension, as he used to freely express his position.
Boris Nemtsov was murdered in central Moscow on the night of February 28. In the 1990s, he held a number of high-ranking posts in the Russian Government, and then he joined the opposition. Investigation into the murder of Russian opposition politician has been extended until November 28. Five suspects were detained in the case.
Also the winners of the award this year became speaker of the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress John Boehner and entrepreneur from Sudanese Mo Ibrahim.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) bestows its Freedom Award for extraordinary contributions to the cause of refugees and human freedom.