Russian President Vladimir Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Citing his proposal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, a group has nominated Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize, the NYT reports:

PutinMembers of the group, called the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World, said at a news conference here on Tuesday that Mr. Putin was far more deserving of the peace prize than Mr. Obama, who received it in 2009 but has continued to lead American military operations — including drone strikes that have killed civilians and American citizens abroad.

By contrast, they portrayed Mr. Putin, who has steadfastly opposed military intervention throughout the two-and-a-half year-old civil war in Syria, as a man who favors diplomatic solutions.

The recipient will be announced on October 11.

Comments

  1. Paul R says

    Umm, so what? I could nominate my dog to win the prize. It doesn’t mean that she has a chance of winning.

    You need to start winnowing some of these stories.

  2. Mike B. says

    So stupid on so many levels. If this is anyone’s proposal, it’s John Kerry’s off-hand remarks. Putin is the opposite of a peace-maker, between his violent crackdowns, foment of violence when it suits him, and of course, the many abuses to basic human dignity and liberty.

    If Putin wins, I’m going to throw up.

  3. Trev says

    If this man won a Nobel Peace Prize, the Sochi gay protests would grow like wildfire. If I were the IOC and its sponsors, I’d be quietly lobbying the Nobel committee to make sure this doesn’t happen.

    Not that anyone would take this nomination seriously.

    But in today’s world, you never know.

  4. Pookie says

    Well, if Obama can win it for doing nothing, why the hell not ?

    The committee has already made a mockery of the award, why not just give the award to Putin.

  5. Derrick from Philly says

    Well, I don’t know what those old men who make up the Nobel Committee were thinking when they gave the award to the President after only a few months in office. Maybe they were so stunned that America elected a Black man as president they didn’t know what to do. So, they him the Peace Prize.

    Hell, they were so amazed they’d have put on some heels and done the Can Can if they could’ve.

  6. Jeff says

    Hahaha! Though just today, there was an article in the Moscow Times that pointed out that Putin and his Chief of Staff (Sergei Ivanov) sometimes converse in Swedish! Timing…

  7. Gregory In Seattle says

    The Nobel Committee accepts nominations only from qualified organizations, including national assemblies, members of international courts, past recipients and select individuals. This “International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World” has no standing to submit a nomination; their endorsement of Putin is about as relevant as my nomination of Big Bird.

  8. Brian says

    After President Obama began using robot drones to kill American citizens overseas who had not been charged with a crime, kills countless civilians called “collateral damage” when his robot drones target individuals on his personally approved “kill list” and when he abandons his values which earned him my vote by prosecuting whistleblowers and suffocating our privacy rights; the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize is significantly diminished. Give it to Putin, Assad or Kony; the award is meaningless thanks to the actions of former winner President Obama.

  9. Sean says

    So inciting and enabeling rape, torture, beating, imprisonment/encampment, and murder of innocent human b eings is considered “peace” now? In other news, down is up and green is white.

  10. anon says

    Hundreds are nominated each year for the prize, so this is nothing special. It’s too late for 2013 anyway unless they did this in Feb and we are just finding out now, but Syria was not the same issue in Feb. Putin was hardly peaceful regarding Chechnya, so he’s disqualified I hope.

  11. Brian says

    @JACKFKNTWIST : I’m well aware of and disgusted by the war crimes of past Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger (sure I learned about it in history class).

    Add to the list of “winners” who along with Obama and Kissinger have rendered the Nobel Peace Prize completely meaningless:

    * Wangari Maathai, the 2004 winner, who claimed HIV/AIDS was originally developed by Western scientists in order to depopulate Africa.

    * Yasser Arafat, the 1994 winner, whose actions are well known.

    The Nobel Peace Prize has become irrelevant and for all I care they can give it to Putin, one of the Kardashian’s (if Rob lost that weight, that would fit their criteria), posthumously award it to Hitler, Bin Laden or the guy from Kriss Kross.

  12. simon says

    Putin will not even accept it if it is given to him. It has long been regarded as Western propaganda ever since it was given to a dissident in the Soviet era.

  13. m says

    And hmmm this prize comes from the fortune of Alfred Nobel who invented dynamite. Not that Putin does anything incendiary. Must be for his generous position on the rights of gays in Russia.

  14. ratbastard says

    President Obama got the silly prize. Says it all right there. And yeah, jackfkntwist, that psychopathic fiend Kissinger also got it; two wrongs don’t make a right.

    Clearly the final choice is highly political. The fact Obama got it PRIOR to his actually starting his president gig, when he had done NOTHING except say the ‘correct’ things (he excels at saying PC things) shows how out of touch this converted prize is.

  15. Bad Humor Boy says

    Note to IASU-CPW: Nobel Peace Prize nominees are worthy of that recognition by virtue of …well, their virtue; not for anyone else’s lack. It goes to no one when no one measures up. You may be thrilled by Putin propaganda but the absurdity of this PR campaign renders you pathetic!

  16. Jerry6 says

    I guess it must be a slow day to put something like this in the news. OH! I KNOW! I IS a slow news day, so they wanted to see if everyone was awake.

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