“The Ukrainian people want peace more than anyone else in the world. But peace for a country under attack cannot be achieved by laying down arms. It would not be peace, but occupation”. She said it today Oleksandra Matviychukhead of the Kiev-based NGO Center for Civil Liberties and Nobel Prize winner, receiving recognition in Oslo.
Yan Rachinsky at the presentation of the Nobel Prize
Yan Rachinskypresident of the Russian NGO Memorialalso a recipient of the award, said in his acceptance speech that under Putin, “resistance to Russia is called fascism,” a distortion that has become “the ideological justification for crazy and criminal war of aggression against Ukraine”.
Natalia Pinchuk, wife of Nobel laureate Ales Bialiatski, at the award ceremony
Finally, the Belarusian dissident was awarded Ales Bialiatskicurrently held in prison. The wife was at the ceremony Natalia Pinchuk, who accused Russia of aiming to turn Ukraine into a “dependent dictatorship” like Belarus. She also stated that for her husband the Nobel “highlights the dramatic situation and the struggle for human rights” and that Bialiatski wanted to dedicate it to “millions of Belarusian citizens who rose up and took action in the streets and online to defend their civil rights”.