An unknown buyer announced his intention to redeem the award by phone

Dmitry Muratov, Russian journalist.  Photo: collage "Today"

Dmitry Muratov, Russian journalist. Photo: collage “Today”

The Nobel medal of the editor-in-chief of the Russian Novaya Gazeta, Dmitry Muratov, was sold at the Heritage auction in the United States for $103.5 million, with an initial price of $550,000. The buyer is unknown. Muratov promised to transfer the money to UNICEF, which will send it to countries where there are refugees and children of refugees from Ukraine.

This is reported Novaya Gazeta. Europe.

“All the money that we receive today, we transfer to UNICEF, which promised that this money will go to all countries where there are refugees and children of refugees from Ukraine: in Poland, Russia, Germany, Moldova, Slovenia, Hungary”he said.

As follows from the channel’s messages, buyers offered $10 million for the medal, then the price rose to $15 million and $16 million, after which it increased sharply to $103.5 million.

Dmitry Muratov and Filipino journalist Maria Ressa were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 “for their efforts to protect freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

Mr. Muratov announced his intention to sell the medal at the end of March this year. He opposed the Russian invasion of Ukraine and called for an end to hostilities.

Novaya Gazeta soon after announced the suspension of work. The formal reason was the receipt of a second warning from Roskomnadzor about the absence of foreign agents marking in the materials of the publication.

We previously reported that Zelensky and the people of Ukraine proposed to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

We also recall Ukrainian writers who were nominated for the Nobel.