“For Ukraine”… Russian journalists put up ‘Nobel Prize medals’ at auction

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A Russian journalist who has criticized Russian President Putin has put up for sale his Nobel Peace Prize medal to help Ukraine. It was sold at 133.7 billion won, the highest price among all-time Nobel Prize medal auctions.

This is reporter Chae Yoon-kyung.

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The bidders compete for the auction price.

The Nobel Peace Prize medal presented by Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov is up for auction.

Muratov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October of last year for his work on reporting against the Russian government’s oppression of the press.

The medal weighs 175 grams and is made of 18K gold and is plated with pure gold.

At the auction that day, the medal was sold for 133.7 billion won (US$103.5 million).

This is more than 20 times the price of $4.76 million, the highest ever auctioned for a Nobel Prize medal.

[드미트리 무라토프/러시아 언론인 : 나는 러시아 시민이고 러시아가 우크라이나를 침공했기 때문에 (우크라이나를 돕는) 일이 나에게 중요하다고 생각합니다. 나는 내 조국이 하는 일에 책임감을 느낍니다.]

Muratov’s independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, was shut down in March of this year after exposing the corruption of the Putin government and criticizing the war in Ukraine.

He also revealed that he would dedicate the prize to six journalists and collaborators who were killed while reporting the Nobel Prize with him.

Heritage, which hosted the auction, said, “All proceeds from the auction will be donated to UNICEF to be used for Ukrainian children.”

It was not disclosed who the winning bidder was.

(Video design: Seongwoon Huh)

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