Russian scientists Fyodor Mitenkov and Alexander Sheindlin and American Leonard J. Koch became the first laureates of the new International Global Energy Prize.
Nobel Prize winner, chairman of the Global Energy Prize International Committee Zhores Alferov announced the laureates on Monday.
The prize fund worth $900,000 will be divided into three equal parts between the laureates.
Meanwhile, in 2005 the prize fund will be increased up to $1 million, Gazprom head Alexei Miller said on Monday.
"We should use shock therapy to sober up the Americans. In this case, the Americans will speak about the need to resume dialogue. There is no other option"
The United States is concerned about the current crisis in the relations with Russia and suggests returning to reasonable policies to avoid a nuclear war