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Nobel Peace Prize Jointly Awarded to Belarus Rights Activist, Russian and Ukrainian Groups

  • Activists in Belarus, Ukraine, Russia win in surprise
  • Announcement coincides with Russian president’s 70th birthday
Ales Bialiatski
Ales BialiatskiPhotographer: Anders Wiklund/AFP/Getty Images
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Human rights advocates in the former Soviet neighbors of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to fight authoritarian regimes as Europe’s worst military confrontation since World War II is roiling the region.

Ales Bialiatski from Belarus, Memorial of Russia and Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties were awarded the 10-million Swedish kronor ($900,000) prize by the Oslo-based Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday.