MOSCOW (AP) – Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who many considered the best candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, praised his compatriot Dmitry Muratov for winning it.
Muratov, editor-in-chief of independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, was named a co-winner of the award last week along with investigative journalist Maria Ressa from the Philippines.
“Russia and the Philippines are such different countries, but the rulers are similar, especially in their endless lies and their hatred of those who speak out lies,” Navalny said in a Facebook post Monday. “With all my heart, I congratulate Dmitry Muratov and Novaya Gazeta on the Nobel Peace Prize. “
After the award was announced, Muratov said that if he had been on the awards committee, he would have voted for Navalny. He also said the Peace Prize was awarded to honor his newspaper, not him.
Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most important enemy, was jailed this year after returning to Russia from Germany, where he was recovering from nerve poisoning he attributes to the Kremlin.
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