Heritage Auctions tweeted that Maratov “auctioned off his 2021 #NobelPeace Prize to benefit UNICEF’s Child Refugee Fund. It sold for $ 103,500,000.”
All proceeds from the auction, which ended on World Refugee Day, will go to UNICEF’s humanitarian aid for war-displaced Ukrainian children, according to the auction house.
According to the details of the medal sale by Heritage Auctions, Olav Nazolstad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, supported the auction, calling it a “generous act of humanitarianism.”
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the latest figures show that more than 7.7 million people have crossed the border into Ukraine since the Russian invasion in late February. Entered Europe.
In an appeal for donations, UNICEF says 7.5 million Ukrainian children have been severely affected by the ongoing conflict, including the risk of separation from family, lack of basic equipment and resources, and the threat of daily explosives.
Dmitry Moratov from Russia, on the right, and Maria Resa from the Philippines receiving their awards during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Hall in Norway in December 2021. Credit: Alexander Zemlyanchenko / AP
Heritage Auctions continues to explain: “The purpose is to use this event to raise awareness of the refugee crisis and to extend the long run of the June 20 auction.”
Russia’s media crackdown
Maratov shared the 2021 Nobel Prize with Filipino-American journalist Maria Resa, whom judges described as “efforts to protect freedom of expression.”
Maratov is the editor-in-chief of the independent Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta. According to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization, he “criticized Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the use of military force by the government, both inside and outside Russia.”
Six journalists have been killed in Chechnya, including Anna Politkovskaya, a Kremlin fierce critic of human rights abuses.
The Kremlin has tightened its grip on the country’s independent media since the invasion of Ukraine. In March, lawmakers condemned the spread of “fake” information that defames the Russian armed forces or calls for sanctions against the country.
The crackdown has forced some shops to close and their journalists to flee the country.