Mar 7, 2022 - World

First look: Zelensky wins Ronald Reagan Freedom Award

Mike Allen
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From Kyiv, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses rallies in support of Ukraine held Friday in Tbilisi, Paris, Lyon, Bratislava, Frankfurt, Vilnius and Prague. Photo: Europa Union Frankfurt via Getty Images

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute will announce Monday that Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky is receiving its Ronald Reagan Freedom Award "for his courageous fight against tyranny and for his indomitable stance for freedom and democracy."

What they're saying: "The world applauds President Zelensky and all that he stands for — democracy, individual liberty, freedom, and hope," said Fred Ryan, chairman of the foundation and institute board of trustees.

The big picture: Former President Reagan bestowed his first Freedom Award on Mikhail Gorbachev at the Reagan Library in 1992.

  • Other winners include Colin Powell, Yitzhak Rabin, King Hussein I, Margaret Thatcher, President George H.W. Bush, Natan Sharansky and Lech Walesa.
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