2008 Liberty Prize: Honoring Poet Vlandimir Gandelsman
Liberty Prize is the first-ever award established specifically for the purpose of recognizing and honoring people who have made an outstanding contribution to the Russian-American culture. It is a non-governmental, non-political, non-partisan prize, bestowed every year since 1999 by an independent jury consisting of artist Grisha Bruskin and writers Alexander Genis and Solomon Volkov, all noted and esteemed members of the Russian-American cultural community.
Liberty Prize is sponsored by the Washington-based organization Russia House, the weekly newspaper Kontinent, and the American University in Moscow. Winners receive cash awards and commemorative plaques at a special ceremony.