Russo-Ukraine war: Nobel laureate sells medals to help children of Ukraine

Washington The Nobel Peace Prize medal, owned by Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta, was sold for US$103.5 million at an auction in the United States, Heritage Auctions said. Before the auction began, Muratov said all funds raised would be given to UNICEF to support all countries hosting Ukrainian refugees, including Poland, […]
 


Russo-Ukraine war: Nobel laureate sells medals to help children of Ukraine

Washington The Nobel Peace Prize medal, owned by Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta, was sold for US$103.5 million at an auction in the United States, Heritage Auctions said. Before the auction began, Muratov said all funds raised would be given to UNICEF to support all countries hosting Ukrainian refugees, including Poland, Russia, Germany, Moldova, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Muratov won the medal in 2021. “Russian Nobel laureate sells medal #HERITAGELIVE #DmitryMuratov, EIC of Russian news outlet #NovayaGazeta, along with HA, auctions his 2021 #NobelPeacePize to benefit UNICEF’s Child Refugee Fund. It sold for $103,500,000 HA. To be sure that the winning bid is already in the hands of #UNICEF,” (sic) Heritage Auctions tweeted.

Dmitry Muratov and Maria Russa were the 2021 joint recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, “recognized for their efforts to protect freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

 

Despite forcibly shutting down his news outlet, Novaya Gazeta, he works tirelessly to make an impact, most recently with a charity giving life-saving drugs to children. Now, he is asking everyone to join the campaign to help Ukraine’s children. displaced by war.

The full scope of the Ukrainian refugee crisis since World War II is difficult to measure and far exceeds that of any other refugee crisis in Europe. As of 24 May, the United Nations estimates that 6.6 million refugees have left Ukraine.

More than 3.5 million fled to Poland, almost 1 million more to Romania, and yet 1 million fled to Russia. Hungary, Moldova and Slovakia struggle to accommodate over half a million each.

 

The United Nations says there are more than 10,000 refugees in at least two dozen countries. Millions more are displaced within Ukraine, all in need of food, shelter and other basic necessities. Altogether 14 million people are believed to have fled their homes and taken refuge.