A Russian journalist awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, has bought his medal for £84 million – and donated the cash to Ukrainian refugee kids.
Dmitry Muratov, editor of the Russian Novaya Gazeta newspaper fiercely crucial of the Kremlin, was collectively awarded the prize final 12 months with fellow journalist Maria Ressa of the Philippines.
However on Monday – on World Refugee Day – his medal went up for public sale and fetched the staggering quantity.
Beforehand, probably the most ever paid for a Nobel Prize medal was $4.76 million (£3.83m) in 2014, when James Watson, whose co-discovery of the construction of DNA earned him a Nobel Prize in 1962, bought his.
The complete buy value of the medal will profit UNICEF‘s humanitarian response for Ukraine’s displaced kids,
Heritage Auctions, which performed the public sale, mentioned in an announcement.
Mr Muratov, who was given the award in October 2021, helped discovered Novaya Gazeta and was the publication’s editor-in-chief when it shut down in March amid the Kremlin’s clampdown on journalists and public dissent within the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
It was Mr Muratov’s concept to public sale off his prize, having already introduced he was donating the accompanying £407,000 money award to charity.
The thought of the donation, he mentioned, “is to provide the kids refugees an opportunity for a future”.
Melted down, the 175 grams of 23-carat gold contained in Mr Muratov’s medal could be value about £8,000.
He mentioned he hoped the sale would “change into a starting of a flash mob, for example to comply with so folks public sale their useful possessions to assist Ukrainians”.
And he added it was essential worldwide sanctions levied in opposition to Russia don’t stop humanitarian support, resembling drugs for uncommon ailments and bone marrow transplants, from reaching these in want.
Mr Muratov and Maria Ressa, who every acquired their very own medals, had been honoured for his or her battles to protect free speech of their respective international locations, regardless of coming below assault by harassment, their governments and even demise threats.
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Mr Muratov has been extremely crucial of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and the struggle launched in February that has precipitated almost 5 million Ukrainians to flee to different international locations for security, creating the most important humanitarian disaster in Europe for the reason that Second World Warfare.
Impartial journalists in Russia have come below scrutiny by the Kremlin, if not outright targets of the federal government.
Since Putin got here into energy greater than twenty years in the past, almost two dozen journalists have been killed, together with a minimum of 4 who had labored for Mr Muratov’s newspaper.
In April, Mr Muratov mentioned he was attacked with purple paint whereas aboard a Russian prepare.
Since its inception in 1901, there have been almost 1,000 recipients of the Nobel Prizes honouring achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or drugs, literature and the development of peace.