Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela and the Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov are the three finalists for this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, after a vote during a meeting of the foreign affairs and development committees and the human rights subcommittee. "The laureate will be decided by Parliament's president and political group leaders on 29 October and the award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 16 December," as stated on the site of European Parliament.
Boris Nemtsov was a Russian physicist, former deputy prime minister and opposition politician who was assassinated in Moscow in February 2015. He was originally nominated by ALDE. Estonian ALDE member Urmas Paet said: Nemtsov was “a leading personality of the Russian civil society who worked for a democratic, prosperous and peaceful Russia. (…) As an opposition leader and civil society activist he worked to expose corruption and abuse of political power in Russia. (…) And he paid for it with his life.”
Boris Nemtsov was murdered in central Moscow on the night of February 28, 2015. 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.