Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov auctions Nobel medal for $103 million

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Russian editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta has auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize medal for $103.5m (£84m). Dmitry Muratov said all the money from the sale would go to help refugees from the war in Ukraine. Muratov was co-awarded the peace prize in 2021 for defending freedom of expression in Russia. Novaya Gazeta suspended its operations in March, shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This came after Moscow said anyone who described Russia’s actions in Ukraine as a ‘war’ would face heavy fines or closures. The Kremlin calls the conflict a ‘special military operation.’ Heritage Auctions, which conducted the sale, has not revealed who the winning bidder was. In April, Muratov was attacked with red paint laced with the solvent acetone aboard a train in Russia. The male attacker shouted, ‘Muratov, this is for our boys,’ he said.” (06/21/22)