The Enlightener Prize (Prosvetitel Prize in Russian) was established in 2008 by Dr Zimin and is awarded annually to the best non-fiction popular science book written in Russian.
The Enlightener means the person who brings knowledge to everyone. So the purpose of the Prize is to support Russian-speaking scientists and science journalists who are able to discuss the latest discoveries and research in a clear and interesting way.
More than 150 books are submitted to the competition every year. The organizing committee selects a long list of 25 works in two categories: humanities and natural and exact sciences. Then, an independent jury selects a short list of eight books. In 2017 The Enlightener Prize celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Enlightener Prize – is not only about public recognition and material rewards for the winners and finalists. Some of the submitted books are purchased and sent to libraries: every year, 100 libraries receive books written by the prize winners and finalists. And the authors themselves give public lectures.