The Kremlin on Friday congratulated Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Russia’s top independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, after he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to protect freedom of expression.
“We congratulate him,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “He’s talented. He’s courageous,” said.
“He is committed to his ideals,” said Peskov.
Muratov, 59, is one of Russia’s most respected journalists. Since 1995 he has served as editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta several times.
Co-founded by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993, Novaya Gazeta is one of the few media outlets that have criticized President Vladimir Putin.
Since 2000, six journalists and contributors to the newspaper have been killed in connection with their work, including investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, the most prominent of them.
On Thursday, Muratov presided over ceremonies in the newspaper’s editorial offices to honor Politkovskaya, who was killed 15 years ago.
Politkovskaya, a staunch critic of the Putin and Kremlin wars in Chechnya, was shot dead on October 7, 2006, in the entrance hall of her apartment block in central Moscow. She was 48 years old.
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