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Mark Gilbert

Zelenskiy Didn't Win the Nobel Peace Prize and That's OK

Vladimir Putin's birthday present was still a scathing rebuke of authoritarianism.

A worthy prize.

A worthy prize.

Photographer: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images

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This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ales Bialiatski, a jailed Belarusian human rights activist, along with Memorial, a Russian human rights organization, and Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties. “On Vladimir Putin’s 70th birthday, it is clearly a repudiation of everything he stands for and an eloquent defense of the importance of both civil society and memory in building peace,” argues Therese Raphael.