Putin nominated for Nobel Peace prize

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Leningrad alongside Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu (L) and Commander of the Western Military District Anatoly Sidorov on Monday to watch military exercises. Photo: EPA

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Leningrad alongside Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu (L) and Commander of the Western Military District Anatoly Sidorov on Monday to watch military exercises.
Photo: EPA

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize – but the conflict in Ukraine is also likely to be on the Nobel committee’s agenda.

A record 278 candidates, including 47 organizations, received nominations for the 2014 prize, said the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s director, Geir Lundestad.

Committee members who met on Tuesday added their own proposals with a focus on recent turmoil around the globe.

“Part of the purpose of the committee’s first meeting is to take into account recent events, and committee members try to anticipate what could be the potential developments in political hotspots,” Lundestad said.

Russia seized control of Ukraine’s Crimea region after President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted on February 22, prompting the most serious confrontation between Moscow and the West since the end of the Cold War.

Pope Francis and former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden also received nominations as well as Putin.

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ right to education, is also thought to be among the candidates, as are several Russian dissidents who have spoken out for human rights.

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