Since 2006 Casimir Pulaski Foundation gives the Knight of Freedom Award to the outstanding figures, who promote the values represented by General Casimir Pulaski: freedom, justice, and democracy. The Award Committee chaired by the President of the Foundation Zbigniew Pisarski every year presents the award during a special ceremony during the gala dinner as a part of the Warsaw Security Forum conference. Each of the prize winners receives a handmade replica of General Pulaski’s sabre.

Prizewinners :

2016

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Russian oppositionist, former head and shareholder of the Yukos oil company

Mikhail Khodorkovsky received the "Knight of Freedom" for the uncompromising efforts to build the rule of law, civil society and the promotion of European values in Russian society.

2016

Toomas Ilves

President of the Republic of Estonia (2006 - 2016)

Toomas Ilves received the "Knight of Freedom" award for his activity to promote democratic and pro-European values in the country and all over the world.

2015

Radosław Sikorski

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (2007 - 2014)

Radoslaw Sikorski received the "Knight of Freedom" award for initiating the process of creating the concept of the Eastern Partnership in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy of the EU, the aim of which is to bring pro-European values and help in carrying out reforms in the partner states.

2015

Carl Bildt

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden (2006 - 2014)

Carl Bildt received the "Knight of Freedom" award for his contribution to the EU's Eastern Partnership initiative, which goal is to bring pro-European values to the partner countries and help in carrying out reforms.

2014

Mikheil Saakashvili

President of Georgia (2004 - 2013)

Mikheil Saakashvili received the "Knight of Freedom" award for strengthening the democracy, rule of law, and development of civil society in Georgia.

2013

Vaira Vike-Freiberga

President of Latvia (1999 - 2007)

Vaira Vike-Freiberga was honoured with the "Knight of Freedom" award for many of her merits, such as the promotion of democratic values throughout the world, fighting for equality of women, as well as efforts for social justice.

2012

Richard Lugar

US senator

Richard Lugar received the Knight of Freedom award for his actions and support of the Polish accession process to NATO structures.

2011

Bernard Kouchner

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the French Republic (2007-2010)

Bernard Kouchner received the Knight of Freedom award in recognition of his contribution in promoting humanitarian values through the organization "Doctors without Borders" and input in the promotion of the freedom, justice and democracy worldwide.

2010

Javier Solana

Secretary General of NATO (1995 - 1999)

Javier Solana received the "Knight of Freedom" award for his commitment to a peaceful solution of the political conflict related to the presidential elections in Ukraine in 2004. Accepting the award Solana stressed the "very special relationship" between him andPoland.

2009

Aleksander Kwaśniewski

President of the Republic of Poland (1995 - 2005)

Aleksander Kwasniewski played an important role during the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, actively participated in the discussions held between Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych. He received the "Knight of Freedom" award for his merits in favour of a peaceful end to the Orange Revolution.

2009

Valdas Adamkus

President of the Republic of Lithuania (1998 - 2009)

Valdas Adamkus received the "Knight of Freedom" award for his contribution to conduct re-elections in Ukraine, as well as for his involvement in the Orange Revolution.

2008

Lech Wałęsa

President of the Republic of Poland (1990-1995)

Lech Walesa is a politician, who in difficult communistic times fought for freedom, justice, and democracy. Walesa worthily represented Poland as the first president chosen in democratic elections. He was granted the award "Knight of Freedom" for his contribution to the democratic transition of Poland.

2007

Aleksandr Milinkiewicz

Presidential candidate of the Democratic Party (2006)

Aleksandr Milinkevich received the "Knight of Freedom" award for his work and commitment to democratic elections in Belarus, as well as for his contribution to the promotion of the freedom, justice and democracy worldwide.

2006

Władysław Bartoszewski

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (1995, 2000 - 2001)

Prof. Wladyslaw Bartoszewski is an outstanding person because of his involvement in opposition activities, in particular, the "Solidarity" movement, as well as also his contribution to the improvement of Polish-German relations. As the first Polish politician he had the opportunity to make a speech in the Bundestag. For his merits he received the Knight of Freedom award in 2006.

2005

Norman Davies

Professor of History, Honorary Fellow at Oxford

Norman Davies received the "Knight of Freedom" for his involvement in promoting Poland throughout his books, which are well-known and recognized worldwide.