Volodymyr Zelensky

For his tireless and selfless dedication, Volodymyr Zelensky will be honored with the 2022 Axel Springer Award. The company confers this annual award to personalities who have had an exceptional and innovative hand in shaping the cultural landscape, lived up to their social responsibility or changed markets. In 2022, no one is a more worthy recipient than the president of the nation literally fighting on the front lines for everything we believe defines a free society.

“Freedom always was and always will be at the core of what we at Axel Springer stand for. Putin has declared war on that freedom. Defending it calls for courage, fortitude, optimism, and chutzpah – all qualities that Volodymyr Zelensky personifies. That makes him an inspiration, not only to his Ukrainian countrymen but to the entire democratic world. We are honored to confer the Axel Springer Award on Volodymyr Zelensky.”

Mathias Döpfner

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