& nbsp & nbspMission to Strasbourg: Andria Dimitriou
With a message from her father Alexei Navalny and her desire to be released from prison, Daria Navalnaya received the Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament where the ceremony took place in the presence of the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli.
Alexei Navalny’s 20-year-old daughter was applauded by the audience, while in her speech she underlined that when she was informed that her father would receive the Free Thought Award, she felt honored and recognized for what he does, but also a reward for him and for his associates. At the same time, she considers that this award is a message to the millions of citizens in Russia to continue fighting for a better fate for the country.
Alexei Navalny is known to be imprisoned in Russia, with Daria noting that it is a nightmare for her and her family to travel and receive awards, to give speeches on behalf of her father and to be behind the railings.
“I am 20 years old, I am a student and I can not argue with responsible and experienced pragmatists. “I am here today and I do not need to argue with anyone, I do not need to feel rude and I would like to oppose this pragmatism”, he noted and was applauded once again.
She herself stated that she wrote to her father, since she is not allowed to see him, and asked him what she would like to say in front of the European Parliament and conveyed the following message:
“No one should dare to say that Russia is the Putin regime. “We are part of Europe and we want to be part of it.”
Concluding, she demanded in a trembling voice the release of her father.