Dmitry Muratov is a Nobel Peace Prize award-winning journalist. On Monday, he auctioned off his peace prize for a record-setting $103.5 million. He donated the proceeds to help children in Ukraine.
The money will go specifically to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) child refugee fund. The funds will go to child refugees that have been affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Heritage Auctions stated:
“This award is unlike any other auction offering to present. Mr. Muratov, with the full support of his staff at Novaya Gazeta, is allowing us to auction his medal not as a collectible but as an event that he hopes will positively impact the lives of millions of Ukrainian refugees.”
Muratov was not expecting to set a record with the amount of money his prize sold for. The highest amount before his was $4.76 million for a prize sold in 2014. Muratov won the prize for his work as the co-founder of Novaya Gazeta. He dedicated his prize to the members of his paper who lost their lives doing journalism work.
The paper has suspended operations, but according to the Daily Wire, “The publication had “published critical articles on subjects ranging from corruption, police violence, unlawful arrests, electoral fraud and ‘troll factories’ to the use of Russian military forces both within and outside Russia.”