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6 October 2005

Augsburg Peace Prize awarded to Mikhail Gorbachev

Ex- Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev has been awarded the Augsburg Peace Prize for 2005. A victory ceremony was held at the Augsburg Town Hall in the south of Germany on Wednesday.

A decision to award Mikhail Gorbachev was made at a meeting of the Augsburg city mayor’s awards committee on August 8. The ex- Soviet president was awarded for his great contribution to the cause of peace and breaking confrontation between the East and West.

Mikhail Gorbachev shared the high award with a priest from Leipzig, Christian Fuhrer, who headed one of most striking demonstrations against the ruling regime in former GDR on October 9, 1989.

The laureates of the 2005 Augsburg Peace Prize are entitled to a bonus of 10,000 euros each. 

Itar-Tass, October 6, 2005