Russian Journalist Dmitry Muratov Auctions His Nobel Prize, to Donate Proceeds to Displaced Ukrainian Children

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and subsequent war has been going on for three and a half months. Many countries, including the United States, support Ukraine in this hour of crisis. Meanwhile, a Russian journalist has set an example by showing exemplary courage to go out of their way to help Ukraine.

On Monday evening, Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize. Muratov will donate the proceeds from the auction directly to UNICEF to help children displaced by war in Ukraine. In October 2021, gold medalist Dmitry Muratov founded UKTN Russian newspaper Novaya Gazette and was its editor when the paper closed in March.

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The newspaper was shut down due to the crackdown on public discontent following Russia’s attack on Ukraine and the Russian crackdown on journalists. Muratov announced a $5,00,000 cash donation from the auction to charity. He said the purpose of the donation was to “give refugee children a chance for the future”.

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Dmitry Muratov said in an interview that he was particularly concerned about children orphaned by the conflict in Ukraine. “We want to give back their future,” he said.

Muratov said in a video posted by Heritage Auctions that it is important that international sanctions against Russia do not prevent drugs used to treat rare diseases and humanitarian aid like bone marrow transplants from reaching those who need it. Heritage Auctions, which conducts the auction process, takes no part in the proceeds.

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Muratov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year together with Filipino journalist Maria Resa. They were honored for their struggles to maintain freedom of expression in their respective countries. Muratov strongly criticized Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the war against Ukraine.


(With contributions from the agency)

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