moscow, The war between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for three and a half months. Ukraine is being destroyed in the war. Many countries, including America, have extended a helping hand to Ukraine. Meanwhile, a Russian journalist has set an example by helping Ukraine. Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov auctioned his Nobel Peace Prize on Monday night. Muratov will give money from the auction directly to UNICEF to help children displaced by the war in Ukraine.
Gold medalist Dmitry Muratov founded the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazette in October 2021 and was its chief editor when the paper closed in March. The newspaper was closed for suppressing public discontent in the wake of Russia’s attack on Ukraine and Russian crackdowns on journalists.
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Muratov has announced a donation of $500,000 in cash from the prize auction to a charity. He said the purpose of this donation is to “give refugee children a chance for the future”.
Muratov said in an interview that he is particularly concerned about the children who have been orphaned by the conflict in Ukraine. “We want to return their future,” he said.
Muratov said in a video released by Heritage Auctions that it is important that international sanctions against Russia do not prevent medicines used to treat rare diseases and humanitarian aid such as bone marrow transplants from reaching those in need. Heritage Auctions, which conducts the auction process, is not taking any part in the proceeds.
Muratov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year jointly with Philippine journalist Maria Resa. They were honored for their struggles to maintain free expression in their respective countries.
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Muratov has been a strong critic of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and waging war against Ukraine. (with agency input)
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 20, 2022, 13:18 IST