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Private German award for Russia's Putin called off

Private German award for Russia's Putin called off

A private German foundation says it is canceling an award ceremony amid heavy criticism over its choice to honor Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
The Quadriga foundation had intended to honor Putin for forging closer relations with Germany. The foundation said Saturday that it is "concerned by the massive criticism" from media and politicians.
It is calling off this year's award ceremony all together _ traditionally held on the anniversary of German reunification in October _ because of the "increasingly unbearable pressure."
Putin's nomination came under fire from critics who questioned the Russian leader's democratic credentials.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa were also set to be honored.