Nobel Peace Prize: Dmitry Muratov dedicates his prize to killed journalists and to Alexeï Navalny, the imprisoned Russian opponent

the essential Dimitri Mouratov, Russian journalist, indicated that he dedicated the Nobel Peace Prize to several murdered journalists, as well as to the imprisoned Russian opponent, Alexeï Navalny. He also wishes to donate part of the sum he won to “independent and autonomous media”.

Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov announced on Friday that he was dedicating his Nobel Peace Prize to his colleagues at the Novaya Gazeta newspaper murdered for their investigations and to the imprisoned opponent Alexei Navalny. “I am the bad beneficiary” of this prize, launched Dmitry Muratov, editor in chief of Novaïa Gazeta, in front of the press, by dedicating it to the six journalists and contributors murdered of the publication, of which Anna Politkovskaïa. They “gave their lives for their work,” he added.

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Dmitri Muratov also affirmed that he would have given this distinction to Alexeï Navalny, bête noire of Vladimir Poutine. “I would have voted for the person on whom the bookmakers were betting, and this person has all the future in front of him. I mean Alexeï Navalny”, underlined Dmitry Muratov. He promised to donate part of the sum accompanying the Nobel to support the “independent and autonomous media” of Russia.

Several organizations and journalists classified

The opposition and the independent media are currently under increasing pressure from the Russian government, which has classified several organizations and journalists as “foreign agents” and banned groups critical of the Kremlin.

On Friday afternoon, the Russian authorities still classified nine people, including journalists, “foreign agents”, which subjects them to tedious administrative procedures and controls of their expenses, under penalty of imprisonment. Several organizations were also included in the list, including the Bellingcat investigation site.

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