The nominees for the inaugural ‘Mikhail Gorbachev: the man who changed the world’ awards have been revealed today (March 10 2011) at a ceremony in Moscow.
Among the nominees are Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, musician and philanthropist Bono, and Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.
The Gorbachev Awards have been set up by the former Soviet leader, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for his role in ending the Cold War, to mark his 80th birthday this year.
The nominees were named at a ceremony at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Moscow in the three award categories: Glasnost, Perestroika and Uskorenie.
The categories have been chosen by Mr Gorbachev to reflect the reforms he made, which changed the world, and will recognise people whose achievements have similarly changed the world and continue to do so.
At today’s ceremony, British Ambassador to Russia, Anne Pringle, praised Mr Gorbachev’s achievements and delivered a message of thanks from Baroness Thatcher, prime minister of the UK when he was the Soviet leader, for his contribution to the world.
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