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Dmitry Muratov gave a message of peace, helped Ukrainian kids by selling Nobel Prize

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Jun 21, 2022 4:00 PM

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Highlights:

• Russian journalist auctioned off his Nobel Prize to help Ukrainian kids
• Dmitry Muratov won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 with Maria Ressa of the Philippines
• He had dedicated his Nobel to the six Novaya Gazeta journalists

Dmitry Muratov, co-winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize and editor of one of Russia's last major independent newspapers, auctioned off his Nobel medal for a record $103.5 million to benefit children displaced by Ukraine's war.

All proceeds from the auction, which took place on World Refugee Day on June 20, will go to UNICEF's humanitarian response for Ukraine's displaced children, according to Heritage Auctions, which conducted the sale in New York.

Novaya Gazeta newspaper was suspended operations in Russia

Muratov's Novaya Gazeta newspaper, fiercely critical of President Vladimir Putin and his government, suspended operations in Russia in March after warnings from the state over its coverage of the war in Ukraine.

Pressure against liberal Russian media outlets has been continuous under Putin, Russia's paramount leader, since 1999, but it has mounted after Moscow sent troops into Ukraine on February 24. Muratov was attacked with red paint in April.

Russia's mainstream media and state-controlled organisations follow closely the language used by the Kremlin to describe the conflict with Ukraine, which Moscow calls a "special operation" to ensure Russian security and denazify its neighbour. Kyiv and its Western allies say it is an unprovoked war of aggression.

According to U.S. media reports, the auction of Muratov's prize shattered the record for any Nobel medal that has been auctioned off, with reports saying that the previous highest sale fetched just under $5 million.

"This award is unlike any other auction offering to present," Heritage Auctions said in a statement before the sale.

Positive impact on lives of many Ukrainian refugees

"Mr. Muratov, with the full support of his staff at Novaya Gazeta, is allowing us to auction his medal not as a collectible but as an event that he hopes will positively impact the lives of millions of Ukrainian refugees."

Muratov won the nobel prize in 2021

Muratov, who co-founded Novaya Gazeta in 1991, won the 2021 the Nobel Peace Prize with Maria Ressa of the Philippines for what the Nobel Prize committee said were "their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace".

Muratov donated about $500,000 of the prize money

Muratov, who pledged to donate about $500,000 of that prize money to charities, dedicated his Nobel to the six Novaya Gazeta journalists who have been murdered since 2000.

That list included the journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a critic of Russia's war in Chechnya, who was killed in 2006 in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building.

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