Russian Journalist Dmitri Muratav auctions off the Nobel Prize for Ukrainian Children

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According to the Associated Press, Russian journalist Dmitri Muratav will use Monday’s Nobel Peace Prize medal to help children displaced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

According to the Associated Press, UNICEF will receive the proceeds of the auction. 

Muratov was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 for his support of Novaya Gazetta, a Russian independent newspaper. Muratov served as its editor-in-chief when it was shut down in March, following Russia’s early invasion of Ukraine and the Kremlin’s crackdown on journalists and public opposition.

Muratov is openly critical about the Russia-led war in February. This has led to the most severe humanitarian crisis in Europe in the history of World War II. Nearly five millions Ukrainians have fled Ukraine.

Muratov told the AP he thought of the idea to auction off his gold medal while thinking about the children who have become orphaned by the Russia-Ukraine conflict. “We want to return their future,”According to him, the AP.

Muratov will reportedly be in New York City to attend the live auction. Online bidding began on June 1, on the observance of International Children’s Day, and June 20’s live auction lands on the observance of World Refugee Day.

As of early Monday, the highest bid Heritage Auctions, through which the auction is taking place, remained at $550,000. The auction house will not take any commission. 

Muratov and Maria Ressa, a journalist from Maria in the Philippines, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The two journalists, who each got a medal, were recognized for their efforts to protect free expression in their respective nations, despite the political pressure and death threats they faced.

The AP reported that at least four journalists from Muratov’s daily were among nearly two dozen journalists killed in Russia since Putin took power over 20 years ago. 

The price of a Nobel Prize award is $4.76million in 2014. This was the price James Watson paid to sell the Nobel Prize he was given for discovering the structure DNA. Heritage Auctions provided $2.27 Million to Francis Crick’s family.

Muratov stated to the AP, that bidding winners can still participate in the auction. donateDirectly to UNICEF

According to the AP. the 175 grams of 23-grams of 23 karat gold in Muratov’s medal, melted down, would be worth around $10,000.

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