Nobel-winning Russian journalist auctions medal to help Ukrainian children

Nobel-winning Russian journalist auctions medal to help Ukrainian children
# 01 June 2022 23:20 (UTC +04:00)

Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov, who was co-awarded the Nobel peace prize last year, will auction off his medal to raise money for Ukrainian children, APA reports..

"We have understood that in order to help the children of Ukraine you can and you must give away the most precious and important thing you have. And we have decided to auction off the gold Nobel medal," he tweeted.

The editor of the Novaya Gazeta liberal newspaper was awarded the prize jointly with fellow journalist Maria Ressa for "their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace".

Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which is known for being highly critical of the Russian authorities, suspended its print and online operations in March after a warning from Moscow over its Russia-Ukraine war coverage.

The decision to auction his medal comes days after Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra revealed they had auctioned the 2022 trophy to raise funds for the Ukrainian army.

The glass microphone, awarded to the band at the contest in Turin earlier this month, raised $900,000 (£712,000; €838,000), with frontman Oleh Psiuk's iconic pink bucket hat fetching a further $370,000 (£297,000).

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