Since 2006 Casimir Pulaski Foundation gives the Knight of Freedom Award to an outstanding person who has promoted 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 rewards one person. The Knight of Freedom award is presented during a special gala awards ceremony. Each of the prizewinners receives a handmade replica of General Pulaski’s saber.

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 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 to the partner countries.

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, whose aim 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 the strengthening democracy and the rule of law and development of civil society in Georgia.

2013

Vaira Vike-Freiberga

President of Latvia (1999 - 2007)

Vaira Vike-Freiberga was honored with the "Knight of Freedom" award for many of her merits, such as the promotion of democratic values throughout the world, fighting to equalize the status of women, as well as activities for social justice.

2012

Richard Lugar

USA senator

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

2011

Bernard Kouchner

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

Bernard Kouchner received the Knight of Freedom award in recognition for his contribution in promoting humanitarian values through the organization "Doctors without Borders" and contribution to 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 to the political conflict related to the presidential elections in Ukraine in 2004. Accepting the award Solana stressed the "very special relationship" connecting him with Poland.

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. For his merits in favor of a peaceful end to the Orange Revolution received the "Knight of Freedom" award.

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 character who in hard times fighting for freedom, justice and democracy. Walesa worthily represented Poland as the first president of the State chosen in democratic elections. For his contribution in 2008 he was granted the award "Knight of Freedom".

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 was marked by involvement in opposition activities, in particular the "Solidarity" movement and also for his contribution to the improvement of Polish-German relations. As the first Polish politician 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

Author

Norman Davies received the "Knight of Freedom" for his involvement in the promotion of Poland throughout his books which are known worldwide.