Mon. Dec 12th, 2022

Nobel Peace Prize: Russian laureate ‘told to turn down award’

Russian Co-winner of this year’s Noble Peace prize Yan Rachinsky has said drumlin authorities told him to turn down the award.

Yan Rachinsky, who heads memorial ,said he was told not to accept the prize because the two other co-laureates, a Ukrainian human rights organization and jailed Belarusian rights defender were deemed “inappropriate”.

The memorial, according to reports, is one of Russia’s oldest civil rights groups and was shut down by the government last year.

The reports say, the Russian foreign ministry has been contacted for comment .

Mr. Rachinsky said his Organization has been advise to decline the award, but naturally, took no notice of the advise, despite threats to his safety, making it clear that the work of memorial remained essential.

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