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Khodorkovsky's "Open Russia" awards journalism prizes

Businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky-founded "Open Russia," a nationwide community platform focusing on issues such as independent media, political education and the rule of law in Russia, awarded its journalism prizes at an event held at the House of the Blackheads in Tallinn on Wednesday.

Prizes were awarded to seven articles or television reports on Russia-related subjects to appear in Russian and foreign media this year, reported ETV news broadcast "Aktuaalne kaamera."

In addition to these prizes, the Khodorkovsky-funded "Open Russia" will also be granting three scholarships for journalistic research and provide five new media startup projects, of which each will receive a one-time grant of anywhere from 45 to 450,000 euros, depending on the project.

"What is currently going on in Russia, as you very well know, has in large part to do with the success of Kremlin propaganda," said Khodorkovsky. "'Open Russia' decided before its creation — when it was just a social movement — to support independent journalism. Unfortunately this kind of journalism is becoming increasingly scarce in Russia, and journalists are not to blame."

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