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Russian Nobel-Prize Editor Auctions Medal to Aid Ukrainians

  • Muratov suspended paper’s publication over official pressure
  • Auction attracted top bid of $550,000 before New York sale
Dmitry Muratov during the gala award ceremony for the Nobel Peace prizei n 2021.

Dmitry Muratov during the gala award ceremony for the Nobel Peace prizei n 2021.

Photographer: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

The Russian editor awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for championing freedom of speech is auctioning his medal to raise funds for Ukrainians who’ve been made into refugees by President Vladimir Putin’s war. 

Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, was awarded the Nobel together with the journalist Maria Ressa of the Philippines last year for their “courageous fight for freedom of expression.” He donated his approximately $500,000 prize money to charity, and suspended publication of the newspaper in March after Russia passed legislation restricting reporting on the war, or what the Kremlin calls its “special military operation.”