Here’s Why Vladimir Putin’s Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Is Not A Big Deal

by
Fatimah Mazhar
Just because Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, it does not mean his nomination will be taken seriously.

Vladimir Putin

Just because Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, it does not mean his nomination will be taken seriously.

The decision of a group of social activists to nominate Putin for the prestigious prize sparked immense criticism.

Human rights groups, especially lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates denounced Putin’s nomination because of the implementation of draconian anti-gay laws in his own country. According to them, a leader who permits violence and hostility against the LGBT community under his rule is not worthy of being nominated for a “peace” award.

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In addition to the anti-gay legislation, the Russian President is widely criticized for ignoring a peace plan to end the 2008 Georgia-Russia war, supplying weapons to his ally Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his murky past as a spy for Russian intelligence agency KGB.

 

 

‘The International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World,’ is a group based in Russia that nominated Putin’s name for the Nobel Peace Prize. They argued that Vladimir Putin ‘bent every effort’ to avoid U.S. military intervention in Syria, a country already plagued by civil war.

While their stance cannot be totally disregarded, it is important to mention here that Russia, at one point, offered its most advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Assad in May.

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Putin indeed contributed to negotiations to curb the Syrian crisis but only when the U.S. military threat intensified in September; not before that.

Also, if he has been nominated, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he will be taken seriously. ThinkProgress noted that the process of suggesting people for the Nobel Peace Prize consideration is not very difficult. After all, Adolf Hitler had also been a nominee.

However, given the fact that US President Barack Obama won the accolade while he was bombing villages in Pakistan, Putin might still have a chance. Don’t you think?

 

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