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”.
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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.