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Burmese Student Leader, Russian Journalist Awarded Civil Courage Prize


A Russian journalist and a Burmese student leader have been awarded the 2005 Civil Courage Prize.

The New York-based Northcote Parkinson Fund presented the award to Anna Politkovskaya and Min Ko Naing Tuesday for their resistance of injustice at a personal price. Each received half of the 50,000 dollar award.

Ms. Politkovskaya is a special correspondent for the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and an author. She has reported widely on the plight of Chechnya's civilian population, which has been under military assault since 1994.

Min Ko Naing acted as chairman of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions and played a leading role in the 1988 uprising. He spent 15 years in prison following his arrest in 1989.

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