Russian Nobel laureate sells medal for $103.5 million to benefit Ukrainian children

A woman holds Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov’s 2021 Nobel Peace Prize medal in New York – before it was auctioned off for $103.5million

Dmitry Muratov, the Russian editor of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize gold medal on Monday for a whopping $103.5 million to benefit children displaced by war in Ukraine.

The medal was sold to an as yet unidentified telephone bidder at the New York sale organized by Heritage Auctions.

He was part of a group of journalists who founded Novaya Gazeta in 1993 after the fall of the Soviet Union.

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In March, more than a month after Moscow invaded Ukraine, Novaya Gazeta suspended its operations in Russia, after Moscow passed legislation providing for harsh prison terms against anyone who criticizes the Kremlin’s bloody military campaign. .

In April, Muratov was assaulted on a train when someone threw oil-based paint mixed with acetone at him, burning his eyes.

Muratov dedicated his Nobel Prize to their memory.

Speaking in a video published by Heritage, the prominent journalist said winning the Nobel Prize “gives you an opportunity to be heard”.

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