Russian Nobel laureate Muratov sells exorbitantly priced medal to help Ukrainian children

Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov, who decided to auction off his Nobel Prize to help Ukrainian children, successfully sold the gold medal for $103.5 million.

The person who applied for the Nobel Peace Prize has not been named. According to Heritage Auctions, all proceeds will go to UNICEF’s humanitarian response for Ukrainian children displaced by war.

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Dmitry Muratov and Maria Ressa of the Philippines had jointly won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for “their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression”. Muratov is the editor of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta

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According to UN estimates, 6.6 million refugees have left Ukraine, most to neighboring Poland, including Romania, Hungary, Moldova and Slovakia.

The Norwegian Nobel Institute had welcomed Muratov’s decision to sell the gold medal to raise money for children, calling it “a generous act of humanitarianism very much in the spirit of Alfred Nobel”.

Muratov had pleaded with people to donate what they could to UNICEF in a bid to “raise awareness of refugee crises” and to continue donating even after the auction process ended.

(With agency contributions)


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