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Written by:
Paul Holland
09 May 2024

Honorary Fellow Vladimir Kara-Murza has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for the “passionate columns” he penned for the Washington Post while in a Russian Prison cell.

The prize organisers awarded him the Pulitzer in the “Commentary” category during a ceremony in the US earlier this week.

The award citation says he was singled out “for passionate columns written under great personal risk from his prison cell, warning of the consequences of dissent in Vladimir Putin’s Russia and insisting on a democratic future for his country.”

Pulitzers are awarded each year by Columbia University in New York for achievement in the US in arts, letters and journalism.

The Master of Trinity Hall, Mary Hockaday, said: “We congratulate Vladimir on winning a Pulitzer Prize, a great accolade and recognition of his talents as a historian and writer as well as a brave political campaigner.

“It is a reminder that his imprisonment is a travesty and we add our voice to all those calling for his release.”

Vladimir was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in a Russian penal colony in April 2023 and was made an honorary Fellow of the College later that year in recognition of his service to others and courage in the face of repression.