Dmitri Muratov: Nobel Peace Medal auctioned for sensational offer

DThe Nobel Peace Medal of Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov raised $ 103.5 million (around € 98.5 million) at auction, breaking all previous records. Proceeds from Monday’s auction in New York (local time) will benefit Ukrainian children displaced by the Russian offensive war. Muratow has already announced that he is also donating money to his Nobel Prize, more than 470,000 euros, for a good cause.

Never before has a Nobel Prize medal been auctioned for such a large sum. The record was previously held by molecular biologist James Watson, who was honored in 1962 for his role in discovering the structure of DNA: his medal went under the hammer in 2014 for $ 4.76 million. Three years later, Watson’s award-winning physicist and molecular biologist Francis Crick received $ 2.27 million for the sale of the Crick Medal.

Muratov received the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2021 in recognition of his commitment to protecting freedom of speech. He is a co-founder of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. The newspaper was closed in March because the Russian government again significantly reduced the work of critical journalists after its invasion of Ukraine.

Dmitry Muratov is pleased with the success of the auction in New York

Dmitry Muratov is pleased with the success of the auction in New York

Source: AFP / Michael M. Santiago

In an interview with the AP agency, Muratov said that he was particularly concerned about children who had become orphans because of the war. “We want to give them back their future.”

Muratov sharply criticized the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the current Russian war in Ukraine. The auction should serve as an inspiration “for people to auction up their valuable assets to help Ukrainians,” Muratov said in a video released by the responsible auction house Heritage Auctions.

From Monday afternoon (local time) it was possible to submit bids for the medal in real time. From June 1, it is possible to submit offers on the Internet. The Nobel Peace Prize medal consists of 175 grams of gold. If melted, they would be worth around $ 10,000. UN children’s charity Unicef ​​is to receive a record proceeds from the sale of the medal.

All developments in live ticker:

6:56 – Peskow: “He will never believe the West again”

Four months after the attack on Ukraine, Russia called relations with the West long-term damaged. “Yes, it will be a long crisis,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with MSNBC, which was broadcast on Tuesday night. “We will never trust the West again.” Since the beginning of its war against Ukraine, Russia has repeatedly made accusations against Western nations – for example, for military support from the attacking country.

5:02 – American citizens fall in Ukraine

According to the US State Department, a US citizen has died in Ukraine. A 52-year-old man from New York was killed in the fighting on May 15, according to an obituary published earlier this month in The Recorder. A State Department spokesman confirmed the death and said US citizens should not travel to Ukraine because of the war. Volunteers from the United States and other countries have volunteered to fight alongside Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion.

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4:07 – Tafel criticizes the lack of aid to Ukrainian refugees

Tafel in Germany accuses the authorities of sometimes providing too little direct support to Ukrainian war refugees. “It is unacceptable that in the fourth month of the war, the authorities still refer refugees to the boards instead of helping themselves,” said Jochen Brühl, chairman of the German food bank, the German news agency.

Some social welfare offices sent refugees directly to food banks without prior consultation, Brühl said. Others would help people directly until the social benefits to which they are entitled – such as money or meal vouchers.

The boards themselves could only provide “bridging and complementary” support. “We help in crisis situations as best we can, but we cannot be the first and only point of contact,” Brühl emphasized. When authorities refer people directly to food banks, there is a misunderstanding that they are responsible for providing food to people affected by poverty. However, the panels are a voluntary supplementary offer, not a state institution.

3:05 – Experts expect increased CO2 emissions from coal use

Agora Energiewende think tanks expect increased use of coal-fired power plants to generate electricity, as planned by the federal government to increase greenhouse gas emissions. “Due to the short-term increased use of coal as a substitute for gas, emissions will initially increase this year, but are likely to increase in the coming years,” said Simon Müller, German director of the Agora, “Rheinische Post”.

The Federal Ministry of Economy, led by Green politician Robert Habeck, plans to produce more electricity from coal in the short term in order to be able to fill its gas tanks faster in view of reduced gas supplies from Russia. According to the director of Agora Müller, this measure should be “at best a short-term emergency measure”, which must be compensated, among other things, by “faster expansion of renewable energies”.

02:04 – US negotiates with allies on oil price cap

According to US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the United States is currently negotiating an oil price cap with friendly countries to reduce Russia’s oil export revenues. Washington is negotiating with “partners and allies around the world” on how to “further reduce Russia’s energy revenues” and “prevent the negative effects on the global economy,” Yellen said on Monday (local time) during a visit to Canada.

Yellen added that these were “price caps” or “price exemptions” that would have several effects: they would “strengthen” Western sanctions on Russia’s energy resources, depress the price of Russian oil and reduce the Russian government’s revenue – while allowing more amount of oil on the international market. The price cap would also prevent “side effects on low-income and developing countries”, which are currently facing high food and energy prices.

Yellen announced the talks during a visit by her Canadian counterpart and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystie Freeland. The meeting discussed strategies to address the effects of the Ukrainian war, high inflation and problems in global supply chains.

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02:02 – Coal power plant expansion: RWE adjusts personnel planning

The energy company RWE wants to postpone the early retirement of some employees due to the increased use of coal energy planned by the Federal Ministry of Economy. “The foreseeable higher staffing needs will be covered by the fact that employees can retire later than originally planned through a so-called compensatory allowance,” a RWE spokeswoman told the Rheinische Post. “In addition, staffing needs should be covered by hiring trained people and from the external labor market.” This changed personnel planning in power plants and open pit mines involves several hundred jobs.

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00:57 – Hollywood star Ben Stiller visits Zelenský

Hollywood star Ben Stiller visited the solidarity visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenský in Kiev. “It’s a great honor for me to be my hero,” Stiller Zelenskyj said in the Ukrainian capital on Monday. Referring to Zelenský’s speeches to audiences in various countries, Stiller told the Ukrainian president that he was “really inspiring” in mobilizing “his country and the world.”

American actor Stiller visited Zelensky on the occasion of World Refugee Day. Zelenský’s presidential office published pictures from the meeting. Stiller had previously visited the Kiev suburb of Irpin, where hard fighting was taking place at the beginning of the Russian offensive war. “I feel like what’s going on here is hard to understand if you haven’t been there,” the 56-year-old president told the president. It’s “something else” to see it in person and talk about it with people.

Zelensky thanked Stiller in English for his visit and told him that it was “very important” to constantly remind people of what was happening in Ukraine. “It’s not interesting to talk about war every day,” Zelenskyj said. “But it’s very important to us.” Stiller and Selensky also exchanged views on their acting careers. Zelenskyy was best known in Ukraine before his election as president in 2019 for his role in the satirical television series Servant of the People, in which he played a teacher who unexpectedly became president.

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12:00 – German tax revenues are rising despite the war in Ukraine

Federal and state tax revenues rose sharply in May, despite Russia’s war against Ukraine. They were ten percent higher than a year earlier and amounted to almost 55 billion euros, according to a monthly report published by the Federal Ministry of Finance on Tuesday. In the first five months of the year, tax revenues rose by 15.1 percent to almost 315 billion euros. According to the report, the higher income is due, among other things, to the economic recovery following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

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