Moscow (The Times Groupe)- Russia’s journalist Dmitry Muratov has auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize medal for a record $103.5 million to help children displaced by the war in Ukraine.
According to Heritage Auctions, which conducted the sale on Monday night in New York, all proceeds will benefit UNICEF’s humanitarian response for Ukrainian children displaced by war.
At an auction in 2014, US scientist James Watson’s Nobel medal was auctioned for $4.74 million.
For his defense of freedom of expression in Russia, Muratov was co-awarded the 2021 peace prize.
Among the founders of the daily, he was known for his critical take on Russian politics and society.
After Moscow launched its war against Ukraine in March, it was forced to suspend operations.
“The most important message today is for people to understand that there’s a war going on and we need to help people who are suffering the most,” Muratov said in a video message released by Heritage Auctions.