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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 23 2013: As long as Putin fits the criteria of being a recipient of a noble peace prize, i can't disagree with that.
    The noble prize committee is rather independent and has a rule on how to choose a recipient.

    I am suspicious of the China version of a peace prize. Both countries have historical communist links and have scratched each others backs regarding recent issues. Both countries have started wars in their own territories and yet seem to be totally against war in foreign nations.... bewildering...

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