Russian MP says Putin will be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize again
Russian parliamentarian and famous singer Joseph Kobzon has promised to once again nominate Russia's President Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded by the Nobel Committee to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) this year.
"The decision to give the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is another example of stupidity and incompetence on the part of the Nobel Committee, which obeys the will of American circles and ignores the international community's opinion," Kobzon said.
"We will do so [nominate Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize again] even understanding that our initiative is unlikely to be successful," he said.
On September 16, the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation Among the Peoples of the World proposed nominating the Russian president for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Explaining his criticism of the Nobel Committee's decision, Kobzon said that "it was Putin who set the chemical disarmament mechanism in Syria in motion."
"It was the Russian leader who persuaded President of Syria Bashar al-Assad to join the convention prohibiting these kinds of weapons," he said.
"Putin launched this mechanism. But the mechanism was awarded the peace prize instead of the author of this idea," he said.