The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent war have dragged on for the last three and a half months. Many countries, including the United States, are supporting Ukraine in this hour of crisis. Meanwhile, a Russian journalist has set an example by showing exemplary courage by going out of the way to help Ukraine.
Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize on Monday night. Muratov will give the auction money directly to UNICEF to help children displaced by the war in Ukraine. In October 2021, gold medalist Dmitry Muratov founded the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazette and was its editor-in-chief when the paper closed in March.
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The newspaper was closed due to suppression of public discontent in the wake of Russia’s attack on Ukraine and the Russian crackdown on journalists. Muratov has announced a donation of $500,000 in cash from the prize auction to charity. He said the purpose of the donation is “to give refugee children a chance for the future.”
Dmitry Muratov said in an interview that he is particularly concerned about children orphaned by the conflict in Ukraine. “We want to give them back their future,” he said.
Muratov said in a video released by Heritage Auctions that it is important that international sanctions against Russia do not prevent drugs used to treat rare diseases and humanitarian aid, such as bone marrow transplants, from reaching those who need them. Heritage Auctions, which conducts the auction process, does not participate in the proceeds.
Muratov received 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 has been a vocal critic of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and the war against Ukraine.