Russian journalist Nobel Peace Prize wins record $ 103.5 million at auction to help Ukrainian children


Dmitry Muratov, co-winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize and editor of Russia’s last major independent newspaper, said on Monday to help children exiled in the war in Ukraine. He auctioned his Nobel Prize for a record $ 103.5 million.

Heritage Auctions, which sold in New York, said in a statement that all proceeds from the auctions that took place around World Refugee Day on Monday will help UNICEF’s humanitarian response to Ukrainian refugee children. Said.

Muratov’s Novaya Gazeta, who is fiercely critical of President Vladimir Putin and his government, ceased operations in Russia in March after being warned by the state of reports of the war in Ukraine.

Pressure on Russia’s liberal media has continued under Russia’s Supreme Leader Putin since 1999, but it increased after Moscow sent troops to Ukraine on February 24. Muratov was attacked with red paint in April.

Russia’s mainstream media and state-run organizations strictly follow the language used by the Kremlin to describe the conflict with Ukraine. This is what Moscow calls a “special operation” to secure Russia and blame its neighbors. Kieu and his western allies say it is a war of aggression.

According to US media reports, the Muratov Award auction broke the record for the Nobel Prize auctioned, with previous highest sales of just under $ 5 million.

Muratov, who co-founded Novaya Gazeta in 1991, stated that the Nobel Prize Committee was “their efforts to protect the freedom of expression that is a prerequisite for democracy and lasting peace” in 2021. Won the Nobel Peace Prize with Maria Ressa of the Philippines. “

Muratov, who promised to donate about $ 500,000 in that prize to a charity, dedicated the Nobel Prize to six Novayagazeta journalists who have been killed since 2000.

The list included Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist who was a critic of the Russian war in Chechnya, who was killed in an elevator in an apartment in Moscow in 2006.