Russian journalist decides to auction Nobel Prize for refugees
MOSCOW: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has drawn worldwide condemnation and reaction. Now a Russian Nobel laureate has announced that he will sell the Nobel Prize medal and spend the money on Ukrainian refugees.
Dmitry Mervadov, editor of the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, says Ukraine’s “injured and sick” children are no longer seen. He said in a statement on his website that he would auction off the Nobel Prize and donate the money to a charitable foundation that is helping Ukrainian refugees. In his statement, he also called for an immediate ceasefire, exchange of prisoners and human trafficking.
Dmitry Muradov founded his newspaper in 1993. Dmitry was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 along with an American journalist for his outspoken criticism of the Russian government. In particular, he had strongly stated his position on the corruption of the military establishment. But now he says the government is blocking him from publishing anti-war and pro-Ukraine articles and news, and he is under intense pressure.