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Russian President Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
By Corky Siemaszko, New York Daily News
Invade Ukraine and get nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
It was all in a day’s work for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, whose name popped up Wednesday among the record 278 put forward for the prestigious prize.
Putin, who is also known for his persecution of gay Russians, was reportedly nominated for helping defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.
Never mind that Putin is the power behind the brutal Syrian despot who caused the crisis by gassing his own people.
Norwegian Nobel Institute’s Director Geir Lundestad said they don’t pick the nominees, they just vet them.
“We receive nominations from absolutely everywhere in the world,” he said.
Putin is not the only notorious name on the list of confirmed nominees compiled by the Peace Research Institute Oslo, which is not affliated with the Nobel folks.
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