Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has been officially nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World, the Independent reports.
Despite Russia’s role as the main supplier of weapons to Bashar al-Assad’s regime, an advocacy group has put the president’s name forward because the former KGB agent “actively promotes settlement of all conflicts arising on the planet.”
The prize is awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.
We ridiculed the Confucius Peace Prize when it awarded the 2011 prize to the ‘Butcher of Chechnya’. While the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to war criminals in the past, this was generally done before the evidence of their crimes was overwhelming (or, in the case of 2009 laureate Barack Obama, before they’d had a chance to do much of anything).
China may as well reopen diplomatic relations with Norway, because anyone who was still taking the Nobel Peace Prize seriously won’t be after this.
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