Russian journalist’s Nobel Peace Prize auctioned for $103.5 million to help Ukrainian children

As the war continues in Ukraine, millions are wondering – when will the bloodshed end? When will the uncertainty end? When will fear stop its grip? So far, this can only be guessed at, but one thing is certain: the solidarity shown to the people of Ukraine, no matter how big or small, is a reminder of humanity and sympathy.

One such act occurred recently when a Russian journalist auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize for a record $103.5 million to be donated to help Ukrainian children affected by the war. Let’s get into the details.

Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov sold his Nobel Peace Prize for a record $103.5 million to help Ukrainian children affected by the war.

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Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov auctioned his Nobel Peace Prize for a record $103.5 million to help UNICEF’s efforts to help war-affected Ukrainian children. The winner of the auction is currently unknown.

The 60-year-old editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta was awarded the award in 2021, along with Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, “for their efforts to defend freedom of speech, which is a necessary condition for democracy and lasting peace.”

According to Nobel’s willThe Peace Prize is awarded to individuals who, in the previous year, “did the most or the best deeds for the brotherhood among nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

Considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in the world, the award itself is now helping the cause of peace.

He was honored in 2021 along with Filipino journalist Maria Ressa “for their efforts to protect freedom of expression.”

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The independent Novaya Gazeta has been highly critical of President Vladimir Putin and his government; thus, after the start of the war on February 24, the newspaper was forced to suspend their operations in March, following warnings from the Kremlin for covering the invasion.

Mainstream Russian media and state-controlled organizations should follow the language the Kremlin uses to describe the invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special operation” to ensure Russia’s security. Kyiv and its Western allies say this is an unprovoked war of aggression.

He announced that he would donate the $500,000 cash prize he received from his Nobel Peace Prize to charity. He dedicated the prize six Novaya Gazeta journalists who have been killed since 2000, one of whom was Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist critical of Russia’s war in Chechnya, who was killed in 2006.

In April Dmitry was attacked red oil paint and acetone for criticizing the president on a train bound for Samara. His paper’s staff have been killed and threatened since the paper’s founding in 1993, but this is the first time it has suspended publication.

Dimitri was inspired by the Danish physicist Niels Bohr, who sold his medal to help Finnish civilians after the Soviet invasion in 1939.

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Dmitry decided to auction the peace prize because, as stated in an interview New York Timeshe was inspired by the Danish physicist Niels Bohr, who sold his medal to help the civilian population in Finland after the Soviet invasion in 1939.

On Monday, June 20, the auction took place. Organized Heritage Auctions, the date coincided with World Refugee Day. Bidding for the award began June 1 online and by phone. Initially, the highest bid was $550,000, after which the bids increased.

“This award is unlike any other auction offer,” Heritage Auctions said in a statement ahead of the sale. “Mr. Muratov, with the full support of his staff at Novaya Gazeta, is allowing us to auction his medal not as a collectible, but as an event that he hopes will positively impact the lives of millions of Ukrainian refugees.”

Trades were in increments of $100,000 or $200,000 when they suddenly jumped from $16.6 million to $103.5 million. Sighs filled the room as the figure was handed over.

This sale broke the record for any Nobel medal that was auctioned, with the previous highest deal set by James Watson in 2014 at $4.76 million.

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“I don’t think the object mattered,” said Joshua Benes, director of strategy for Heritage Auctions. said A 23 carat gold Nobel medal is up for auction. “I think an object is a metaphor, it is a symbol of something. It’s an opportunity to stand up and say, “This is a cause that matters, and this is a problem that can be solved with a donation.”

After the sale, Dmitry said that she exceeded all his expectations: “I was hoping that there would be great solidarity. But I didn’t expect it to be such a huge amount.” This sale broke the record for any Nobel medal that was auctioned off: the previous largest deal was set at $4.76 million in 2014 when James Watson auctioned his 1962 award for the co-discovery of the double helix structure DNA.

“I can’t believe it, I’m ecstatic,” Mr. Beneš said after the auction. “We knew there had been a huge surge of interest over the past couple of days from people who were moved by Dimitri’s story, Dimitri’s act of generosity that was being listened to by a global audience tonight,” he added.

“The most important message today is for people to understand that there is a war going on and that we need to help the people who suffer the most,” Dmitry said.

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“The most important message today is for people to understand that there is a war going on and that we need to help the people who suffer the most,” Dmitry said. He hopes that his Nobel Prize application will encourage others to donate. “This should be the start of a flash mob or a role model for people to sell their valuables to help Ukrainian refugees.”

For anyone interested in supporting Ukraine, here is resource list. We hope this money will help improve the lives of those who need it most. Words have power, as do actions. The war must not be forgotten, especially now, when our efforts matter the most.

People think this fully illustrates the purpose of the Nobel Peace Prize. Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Oh, and maybe nominate Dimitri for another one!

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