Washington, D.C. - December 15, 2006 -- Natan Sharansky  smiles as United States President George W. Bush arrives prior to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President and first lady Laura Bush during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Friday, December 15, 2006.  The medal is the nation's highest civil award.  It may be awarded "to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or, (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".  Natan Sharansky’s life is the story of good conquering evil and an illustration of the strength of the human spirit.  Imprisoned by the Soviet regime for his work to advance religious liberty and human rights, he spent nine years in the gulag.  Following his immigration to Israel, he served with distinction in that nation’s government.  He remains a powerful champion of the principles that all people deserve to live in freedom and that the advance of liberty is critical to peace and security around the world.  The United States honors Natan Sharansky for his contributions to and sacrifices for the cause of democracy and freedom.<br />
Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP
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Washington, D.C. - December 15, 2006 -- Natan Sharansky smiles as United States President George W. Bush arrives prior to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President and first lady Laura Bush during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Friday, December 15, 2006. The medal is the nation's highest civil award. It may be awarded "to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or, (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". Natan Sharansky’s life is the story of good conquering evil and an illustration of the strength of the human spirit. Imprisoned by the Soviet regime for his work to advance religious liberty and human rights, he spent nine years in the gulag. Following his immigration to Israel, he served with distinction in that nation’s government. He remains a powerful champion of the principles that all people deserve to live in freedom and that the advance of liberty is critical to peace and security around the world. The United States honors Natan Sharansky for his contributions to and sacrifices for the cause of democracy and freedom.
Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP

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Date: 15 Dec 2006
Location: Washington District of Columbia United States of America
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