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Nobel Peace Prize: Russian laureate ‘told to turn down award’

Russian rights activist and human rights advocate, Vladimir Ivanov, told BBC that Russian authorities ordered him to decline the Nobel Peace Prize.

Yan Rachinsky, a Memorial resident, was one of the three joint recipients of this year’s award, along with Center for Civil Liberties in Ukraine and Ales Bialiatski. He is currently in Belarusian prison.

Rachinsky accepted the award and said to Stephen Sackur, BBC’s HARDtalk: “In Russia today, no one’s personal safety can be guaranteed.”

Memorial has been working for more than 30 years to uncover the fates and stories of Soviet political repression victims. Before being closed, it also exposed violations of human rights in Russia today.

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