Russian journalist helps Ukraine – level 3

29-06-2022 07:00

To raise money for UNICEF, Russian journalist Dmitri Muratov auctioned his Nobel peace prize medal.

In October 2021, Muratov received the prize after he helped found the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and for his efforts to protect freedom of expression. He was the editor-in-chief while the newspaper criticized the government. In March, the newspaper closed in due to sudden restrictions by the Kremlin on journalists and on public dissent after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Muratov sold the medal in New York to an unidentified phone bidder for $103.5 million, and the money will go to UNICEF for children displaced by the war in Ukraine. The journalist expressed surprise at the enormous profit of the medal. He said that as a Russian citizen, he felt responsible for his country and its citizens.

Difficult words: dissent (strong disagreement or difference of opinions), bidder (a person who makes a formal offer at an auction), displace (to move someone from their home).

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