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Andrei Latyshau

New Youth Policy (Canadian chapter)

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Does the Russian president Vladimir Putin deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

On 11 September 2013 New York Times featured a byline in the op-ed section you don't see every day. The Russian president Vladimir Putin addressed the American people and their political leaders directly with a Plea for Caution.

The same night, the Fox News analyst Pat Buchanan praised Vladimir Putin's op-ed, calling it “outstanding", pointing out that it was the Russian president, and not President Barack Obama, who has best spoken to American opinion on Syria.

A day before that, Vladimir Putin's candidacy has been proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize. A letter to the Nobel Committee has been sent by the president of the Russian Foundation for Education, Sergei Komkov. The letter emphasized that, Vladimir Putin showed his commitment to peace in practice: "Being the leader of one of the leading countries of the world, he makes every effort to maintain peace and tranquility in his own state and actively contributes to the peaceful resolution of all conflicts arising on the planet."

It is noteworthy to mention that Vladimir Putin has already been awarded China’s version of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

What do you think about all that?


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    Sep 15 2013: The Prize should go to non politicals, people not interested in media attention or use it.
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      Sep 17 2013: Why? Is it not the primary duty of politicians to contribute to the resolution of social problems and establishment of the peace in the world?

      In my view, the meaning of giving the award is highlighting the person in eyes of the public. If the awarded person really contributes to the peace, then the award becomes of high value cos it spreads the important information and practice.

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