State Duma speaker proposed to withdraw Nobel Peace Prizes

State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin believes that the Nobel Peace Prize has discredited itself, therefore it is necessary to introduce a mechanism for its recall from unworthy laureates. He wrote about this in his telegram channel.

Volodin also named some of the winners who, in his opinion, were awarded the prize unfairly: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, former US President Barack Obama and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali.

The Nobel Peace Prize is clearly discredited. The credibility of it, perhaps, will be able to return the introduction of the procedure for withdrawing the prize in case of revealed facts of crimes, violations against human rights and freedoms.

It is unacceptable when people involved in terrible crimes are still its laureates. And those who truly deserve this award do not.

Why? Because where there are no clear criteria, there will always be questions. Especially when it comes to decisions of a political nature.

The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureates are Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov. The prize was awarded to them with the wording “for their efforts to preserve freedom of expression, which is a prerequisite for democracy and peace”.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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