Can peace have any price?
Can peace have any price? A Russian journalist has taken a step that may partially answer this question. Indeed, Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov has put his Nobel Peace Prize up for auction. He was awarded the Gold Medal under this in October 2021 itself. With his help, Russia’s independent newspaper ‘Novaya Gazette’ was founded and he used to be the editor-in-chief of this newspaper until its lock down in March this year. The government’s action against the newspaper came in the wake of the Russian attack on Ukraine. Then the displeasure of journalists and the public was being targeted by Putin’s government.
Nobel Prize auction for Ukrainian refugee children
The decision to sell the Nobel Prize belongs to Muratov, who has already announced that he will donate $500,000 in cash from the auction proceeds. But the Russian journalist who has decided to auction the biggest honor of his life is none other than the children of Ukraine who are now called refugees because of Russian aggression. Dmitry Muratov said, ‘Give refugee children a chance for the future.’
‘We want to return their future’
In an interview with the Associated Press, he has clearly stated that he is particularly concerned about the children who have been orphaned by the Ukraine crisis. “We want to return their future,” he said. The auction proceeds will go directly to UNICEF, which will help children displaced in the Ukraine war. Muratov shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Philippine journalist Maria Resa in October last year. Under this, different medals were given to both the journalists. Both of them have been given this award for fighting for freedom of speech in their respective countries despite all the persecution, even death threats.
About 5 million citizens of Ukraine have become refugees
When Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, Dmitry Muratov voiced his opposition to his government’s move and criticized its policies after the February attack on Ukraine. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has forced some 5 million Ukrainians to live as refugees in other countries. This crisis has caused the biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War.
Bidding starts at $5,50,000
At least four journalists who have worked with Muratov since Putin came to power have been killed and in April he himself was thrown red paint on a Russian train. On Thursday, he left Russia for Western Europe, from where he reached New York. This is where his Nobel Prize bidding is going on. This auction process has been organized on World Refugee Day. Its highest bid was $550,000 on Monday morning, which could potentially go up to several million more.
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This is a very ‘rare’ auction
Joshua Binesh, Chief Strategy Officer, Heritage Auctions, said: “It’s a very pre-arranged deal.” According to him, ‘Not everyone in the world has a Nobel Prize up for auction…’ In recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of literature and peace.