Moscow: Russia's President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2021, the state-run news agency, TASS, reported on Thursday. The Russian president's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has clarified that the nomination did not come from the Kremlin.
A group of Russian public figures, led by writer Sergey Komkov, submitted the nomination, which was sent to the Nobel Prize committee in Oslo on September 10.
Commenting on the nomination, Peskov said, "If this decision is made — to award Putin the prize — great, if not, it's no problem as well.
Putin's nomination for the Nobel has come against the background of his critic, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, being poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent.
According to independent aboratories in Germany, France, and Sweden, Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a toxin.
Incidentally, Novichok has also been used against other opponents of the regime.
The Kremlin has rejected the claims that the politician was poisoned in Russia.
It needs mention here that United States' President Donald Trump has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
As per a report by Fox News, the nomination was submitted by a four-term member of the Norwegian Parliament, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who is also the chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Reportedly, President Trump has been nominated as he helped broker peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Last week, both Trump and Putin were "honored" with the Ig (ignoble) Nobel Prize for Medical Education "for using the Covid-19 viral pandemic to teach the world that politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death than scientists and doctors can."
The Ig Noble Prize is a satiric award that is awarded each year since 1991 to celebrate ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research.