59-year-old journalist, editor-in-chief and one of the founders of Novaya Gazeta, Dmitry Muratov, won the Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the prize “for his efforts to defend freedom of expression, which is a condition for democracy and lasting peace,” the Nobel Committee said. Together with him, Filipino journalist Maria Ressa received the award.
Muratov admitted that he did not expect to be awarded the award.
I am laughing. I didn't expect it at all. I've got madness here. I saw a call from Norway, but I considered it an unwanted call. Here's what I can say: we will take the rap for this award for Russian journalism, which they are now trying to repress. That's all. We will try to help people who are now recognized as agents, who are now spreading rot, are expelled from the country,
– he told the publication “Rise”.
Muratov was already congratulated in the Kremlin. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov noted his talent and courage.
We can congratulate Dmitry Muratov, he consistently works according to his ideals, he is committed to his ideals, he is talented, he is brave, and, of course, this is a high mark, we congratulate him,
– he said.
Dmitry Medvedev and Dmitry Muratov
Dmitry Muratov became editor-in-chief of the social and political newspaper Novaya Gazeta in 1995. The publication is known for its oppositional orientation. One of his brightest journalists was Anna Politkovskaya, who 15 years ago was killed in the entrance of her own house. Politkovskaya wrote about the war in Chechnya and was not afraid to criticize the top authorities. She was killed on the birthday of the head of the Russian Federation, and her murder has not yet been solved.
Dmitry Muratov became the third Russian citizen to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Before him, it was also awarded to the famous scientist and human rights activist Andrei Sakharov and the first president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev.
Nobel Prize Laureates – 2021
Physics: Shukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselman, Giorgio Parisi – “for his contribution to the understanding of complex physical systems”
Physiology and Medicine: David Julis, Ardem Pataputyan – for discoveries in the study of temperature and touch receptors
Chemistry: Binyamin Liszt, David Macmillan – for the study of asymmetric organocatalysis
Literature: Abdulrazak Gurna – “for uncompromising and compassionate immersion in the consequences of colonialism and the fate of refugees in the chasm between cultures and continents”
Nobel Peace Prize: Dmitry Muratov, Maria Ressa – “for efforts to defend freedom of expression, which is a condition for democracy and lasting peace”