A Russian advocacy group, the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World, have nominated Russian President Vladimir Putin for a Nobel Peace Prize, crediting him with bringing peaceful resolution to the dispute between the US and Syria over chemical weapons.
Putin’s actions in Syria were strongly opposed by the United Nations when he began providing weapons to the Syrian regime. At the same time, he opposed international intervention that, according to critics, could have prevented the deaths of over 100,000 civilians. Despite these criticisms, he has now been nominated for the prize due to claims that he helped bring about a “peaceful resolution.”
According to the Washington Times, a member of the State Duma, Iosif Kobzon, said in October 2013, “Barack Obama is the man who has initiated and approved the United States’ aggressive actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now he is preparing for an invasion into Syria. He bears this title nevertheless.”
He went on to claim, “Our president, who tries to stop the bloodshed and who tries to help the conflict situation with political dialogue is, in my view, more worthy of this high title.”
Putting aside Putin’s actions in Syria, which have been contradictory at best, his violation of human rights and attempts to control the Ukraine have led to a hostile criticism of his nomination.
A dubious choice for the award, Putin is most recently renowned for his invasion of Ukraine and anti-gay propaganda laws that have reached international opposition from numerous countries.
Putin entered Ukraine’s Crimea region after President Viktor Yanukovich fled on February 22, which has led to a tense Cold War-like conflict between the West and Russia. The US is currently attempting to relieve the mounting tension following a series of foreign policy conflicts that have built up to the current situation.
Other nominees for the prize are National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who is currently receiving Putin’s protection in Russia, as well as Chelsea Manning, previously known as Bradley Manning, who leaked secrets about US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The incredible 16-year old Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt for her advocacy for girls’ educational rights, has also reportedly been nominated for the Prize.
The winner will be named on October 10, 2014, receiving a $1.24 million prize.
President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, only one month after becoming President of the US.