Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Russian writer Sergey Komkov. As many suspected the Kremlin to be behind the appointment, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov clarified the matter by saying that the Kremlin had not appointed the president.
“You all know that completely different people are nominated for this award, this is an initiative of those submitting the nomination. In this case, [the nomination was submitted by] the aforementioned writer,” he said.
The candidacy was submitted by a group of Russian public figures, including the famous writer Sergey Komkov. According to the group, the request was sent to Oslo on September 10.
The appointment comes at a critical moment in which the leader has been accused of poisoning his opponent Alexei Navalny, which has been confirmed by laboratories in Germany, France, and Sweden, but denied by experts and the Russian government.
His nomination came weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a Norwegian lawmaker for facilitating peace agreements between Middle Eastern countries.