Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has announced nominees for a new prize for people who changed the world, including Google founder Sergey Brin, U2 singer Bono. Mr Gorbachev said the nominees for the Gorbachev Awards "had shown themselves to be people capable of changing the world."
The only nominee of Russian origin out of nine was Mr Brin, who is originally from Moscow but emigrated as a child to the United States, where he studied computer science and co-founded the popular search engine.
The winners will be announced at a gala concert for Mr Gorbachev's 80th birthday at the Royal Albert Hall in Britain on March 30, which will be hosted by Sharon Stone and will include performances by singers Bryan Ferry and Paul Anka.
The prize categories are named after Mr Gorbachev's buzz words of perestroika (restructuring), glasnost (openness) and uskoreniye (speeding up), and reward social, cultural and scientific and technological achievements respectively.
Some of the other people up for winning the award include CNN's founder Ted Turner, movie producer Steven Spielberg, mobile phone inventor Martin Cooper, and Brazilian former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Mr Gorbachev, who turned 80 on March 2, said Thursday that the events were organised by his daughter and her husband and that he would have preferred to "sit it out in a quiet corner."