Russian President Vladimir Putin joins Donald Trump as candidate for Nobel Peace Prize
- A group of Russian public figures including writer Sergey Komkov were reportedly behind Putin’s nomination
- Far-right Norwegian MP Christian Tybring-Gjedde submitted Trump’s name for deliberation
According to Newsweek, the state-owned Russian news agency Tass made the announcement and insisted the Russian government wasn’t responsible for nominating its own strongman.
A collective of Russian public figures including writer Sergey Komkov were reportedly behind Putin’s nomination. It’s unclear what the former KGB agent – who annexed a neighbouring country, is credibly accused of tampering in US elections and has seen his adversaries poisoned – was nominated for doing.
The Nobel Committee does not disclose its nominees, but Komkov told Russian news agency RIA Novosti that his submission was received by officials in Oslo, Norway, on September 10.
The Kremlin has expressed scepticism over the alleged poisoning, despite insistence from Nato and German officials that the nerve agent consumed by the anti-corruption activist kicked in during a flight from Siberia to Moscow. President Trump has not acknowledged that finding, instead suggesting the world turn its attention to goings-on in China.
More than 300 people were nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, which the Nobel Committee makes clear should not be mistaken for an honour, in and of itself.
“Any person or organisation can be nominated by anyone eligible to nominate,” committee guidelines state.
Nominations come from university chancellors, professors from multiple areas of academia, politicians and individuals and organisations with ties to past award recipients.
“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has no say in submissions that arrives according to the criteria, strictly in who is actually awarded the prize in October,” the committee says. “To simply be nominated is therefore not an endorsement or extended honour to imply affiliation with the Nobel Peace Prize or its related institutions.”
A Swedish politico seconded Trump’s nomination, crediting the administration for keeping the peace between Kosovo and Serbia.
German dictator Adolf Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1939, shortly before his tanks rolled into Poland and began the World War II. That nomination, by a Swedish member or parliament, was withdrawn after it was revealed the suggestion was meant in jest.
Trump boasted during a September 11 rally that his nomination is “sort of a big thing” and complained media outlets weren’t treating it as such.
US presidents including Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson have been nominated for – and won – the Nobel Prize.
Early this month, more than 80 Nobel Laureates endorsed former vice-president Joe Biden, Trump’s opponent in the 2020 election, for the presidency.
The Nobel Committee announced on Thursday that the prize’s winnings would come with a cash reward topping US$1 million in 2020.