Vladimir Bukovsky gets Petofi Prize

Russian neurophysiologist and human rights activist Vladimir Bukovsky has received this year's Petofi Prize in recognition of his struggle for the freedom of Central European nations.

The award was granted by the Budapest House of Terror Museum and fuels group MOL.

At the awarding ceremony on Monday, Museum Director Maria Schmidt emphasised Bukovsky's unrelenting decade-long struggle against communism.

A member of the dissident movement in the 1960s and 1970s, Bukovsky spent twelve years in Soviet prisons, forced labour camps and forced-treatment psychiatric hospitals for disseminating forbidden literature, organising protests for imprisoned Soviet writers and involvement in the human rights movement.

In 2011 Prime Minister Viktor Orban honoured him with the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Commander Cross.