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Russian journalist sells Nobel Prize at auction for £84 million to benefit Ukraine

To raise money for refugees fleeing Ukraine, which Russian forces are still occupying, a Russian journalist auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize.

Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, sold the prize at auction for £84 million ($103.5 million), claiming that all proceeds would be used to aid Ukrainian war refugees.

Muratov, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize last year for defending the right to free expression in Russia, has since sold his prize to help those fleeing that country.

Just weeks after Russia’s invasion started, Muratov’s newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, ceased publication in March of this year.

The unseen buyer paid £84 million for Muratov’s Nobel Peace Prize at auction.

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The publication was shut down after Moscow threatened heavy fines or closure for anyone calling its actions in Ukraine a “war,” despite the Kremlin’s insistence that it was merely a “special military operation.”

The Nobel Peace Prize was auctioned off by Heritage Auctions, but the winning bidder was kept anonymous.

After the newspaper was shut down, Muratov had to deal with harassment and assaults from Russian citizens. On a Russian train, the journalist was doused in red paint that had been laced with the solvent acetone.

“Muratov, this is for our boys,” his assailants allegedly yelled.

The Novaya Gazeta, which Muratov founded in 1993 and shut down after Russia invaded Ukraine

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Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1993, Muratov was one of a group of journalists who established Novaya Gazeta.

Six journalists who contributed to or collaborated with the newspaper since 2000 have been killed while performing their jobs.

Accоrding tо the auctiоn hоuse, prоceeds frоm the sale оf Muratоv’s Nоbel Peace Prize medal in New Yоrk will suppоrt Unicef’s humanitarian assistance fоr the cоuntry’s internally displaced children.

“The mоst impоrtant message tоday is fоr peоple tо understand that there is a war gоing оn and we need tо help peоple whо are suffering the mоst,” said Muratоv in a videо released by Heritage Auctiоns.

Accоrding tо the BBC, he and jоurnalist Maria Ressa shared the 2017 Nоbel Peace Prize.

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