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Russian Nobel Peace Prize winner donates medal to help Ukrainian refugees

Dmitry Muratov, a Russian journalist and winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, says he will donate his medal to help Ukrainian refugees.

Muratov, who said this on Tuesday, explained that he and the Novaya Gazeta newspaper would donate the gold medal to a fund providing aid to Ukrainian refugees.

He said, “Novaya Gazeta and I have decided to donate the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Medal to the Ukrainian Refugee Fund. There are already over 10 million refugees. I ask the auction houses to respond and put up for auction this world-famous award.”

Proceeds from the sale of the Nobel medal will go to The Foundation of Assistance to the Ukrainian Refugees, an NGO that provides support to refugees from Ukraine.

In the statement, Muratov stressed the need for a ceasefire, exchange of prisoners and provision of humanitarian corridors.

Last year, Mr Muratov, editor of Russia’s leading opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, was awarded the 2021 peace prize alongside Maria Ressa of the Philippines for “their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

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