Natan Sharansky was born in Donetsk, Ukraine. He was a spokesman for the human rights movement, a leader in the struggle for the right of Soviet Jews to immigrate to Israel and a prisoner of Zion, served 9 years in the Gulag. From 1996–2005 he was Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in four successive Israeli governments. From 2009–2018 he served as Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Natan Sharansky is the recipient of Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2018 he received the highest Israeli award – the Israel Prize for promoting Aliyah and the ingathering of the exiles. He is also the author of three books: Fear No Evil, The Case for Democracy and Defending Identity.