Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov has decided to auction off his Noble Peace Prize medal to help children affected by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. The journalist, who received the prestigious award in 2021, said all proceeds from the auction will go to UNICEF and their efforts to help children displaced due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine . Muratov founded the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and was heavily involved with it before it closed due to his criticism of the government. Muratov has already donated the $500,000 cash prize that came with the Nobel Prize to charity and his goal “is to give refugee children a chance at a future.”
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“We want to give back their future,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“This is to become the start of a flash mob as an example for people to auction off their valuables to help Ukrainians,” Muratov said in a video posted by Heritage Auctions.
Muratov was extremely critical of the Russian government after the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and last year shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Filipino journalist Maria Ressa.
“It’s a very bespoke deal,” said Joshua Benesh, chief strategy officer at Heritage Auctions. “Not everyone in the world has a Nobel Prize to auction and not every day of the week a Nobel Prize crosses the auction block.”
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Benesh also said that the current crisis and the noble mission of the auction will generate more interest among potential buyers and this may increase the value of the coin.
“I think there will definitely be some excitement on Monday,” Benesh said according to AP. “This is such a unique item being sold under such unique circumstances…a significant act of generosity and such a significant humanitarian crisis.”
(With agency contributions)
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