Gorbachev receives Dresden Prize for conflict prevention, spreading democracy

Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the USSR, has become the first recipient of the Dresden Prize, which will be awarded annually.

“[Gorbachev] will accept the prize in Dresden… on Sunday,” the press office for the Gorbachev Foundation announced. “He received the award for his remarkable contribution in the field of conflict prevention and violence.”

The office further stated that the prize serves to recognize Gorbachev’s help in fostering democracy in the former East Germany and throughout Eastern Europe in 1989.