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Nobel Peace Prize winner Dmitry Muratov to speak at MSU

From the MSU News Service

BOZEMAN – Dmitry Muratov, a free speech activist and 2021 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, will speak at Montana State University about freedom of speech, the Russia-Ukraine war and his experiences risking his life for journalistic integrity in the face of government opposition.

The event, hosted by the MSU Leadership Institute, is scheduled for Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Strand Union Building ballrooms. Ticket information will be released in January.

Muratov co-founded and served as editor-in-chief of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which has reported on government corruption and human rights since 1993. Since 2000, several journalists working for the paper have been killed, believed to have been targeted for their investigative work. Muratov himself sustained chemical burns when he was attacked on a Russian train in April 2022, shortly after Novaya Gazeta announced under government pressure that it would suspend publication until the end of the war in Ukraine. In September, Novaya Gazeta's print and online media licenses were rescinded by Russian courts.

Upon awarding Muratov the prize in 2021, the Nobel Committee noted the difficult conditions facing journalists worldwide and stated that "freedom of expression ... is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace." In June 2022, Muratov put his Nobel medal up for auction and donated the $103.5 million raised to UNICEF to help Ukrainian refugee children.

In addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, Muratov's honors and awards include the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists; the Legion of Honour, France's highest civil decoration; and the Four Freedoms Award for Novaya Gazeta, issued by the Roosevelt Stichting in Middelburg, Netherlands, in 2010.

"I encourage everyone to witness Nobel Laureate Muratov providing his unique and courageous perspective on freedom of speech and the Russia-Ukraine war," said Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Institute. "Incredibly timely to current events, his message will give MSU students and our community a one-of-a-kind experience."

For more information, call the MSU Leadership Institute at 406-994-7275 or visit