Russia-Ukraine War | New Delhi: Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021, auctioned off his medal to support Ukrainian children displaced by the ongoing war. The war, which resulted from the Russian attack on Ukraine, has been going on for over 100 days now. Muratov is one of the founders of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. He served as the newspaper’s editor until March 2022. It was then closed following the war and government crackdown on journalists.ALSO READ – Natela Dzalamidze: Facts about the Russian tennis star who changed nationality to Georgian to avoid Wimbledon ban
It was Muratov’s idea to auction his prize, having previously announced that he was donating the $500,000 cash prize to charity. The idea of the donation, he said, “is to give refugee children a chance for a future.” Also Read – Vladimir Putin Appoints Special Bodyguard to Pick Up His Feces While Traveling Abroad: Report
In an interview with The Associated Press, Muratov said he was particularly concerned about children orphaned by the conflict in Ukraine. “We want to give back their future,” he said. Read also – Will India ban rice exports after wheat? Find out here
Do not prevent humanitarian aid
He added that it is important that international sanctions imposed on Russia do not prevent humanitarian aid, such as drugs for rare diseases and bone marrow transplants, from reaching those in need.
“This must 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, which is handling the sale but not taking any part of the product. .
Defender of freedom of expression
Muratov shared the Nobel Peace Prize last year with Filipino journalist Maria Ressa. The two journalists, who each received their own medals, were honored for their fights to preserve freedom of expression in their respective countries, despite attacks from harassment, their governments and even death threats.
Muratov strongly criticized Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and the war launched in February that caused nearly 5 million Ukrainians to flee to other countries for their safety, creating Europe’s biggest humanitarian crisis. since World War II.
In April, Muratov said he was attacked with red paint while riding a Russian train. Muratov left Russia for Western Europe on Thursday to begin his trip to New York, where live bidding will begin on Monday afternoon.
The auction is expected to fetch millions
Early Monday morning, the highest bid was $550,000. The purchase price is expected to skyrocket, possibly into the millions. Melted down, the 175 grams of 23-karat gold contained in Muratov’s medal would be worth around $10,000. Muratov and Heritage officials said even those who weren’t in the running could still help by donating directly to UNICEF.
(With contributions from the agency)