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Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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  1. WTF?!!! We need to lobby Nobel NOW!!!!

    1. So were Obama, Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat and the Dalai Lama. Hardly figures of peace or diplomacy, the nobel peace prize has been an absolute joke for decades. No-one takes it seriously any more. It’s been by military leaders, pricks and borderline dictators for years.

      1. And so were Mussolini (in 1935), Hitler (1939) and Stalin (1945 & 1948). Nomination means nothing. Pretty much any university professor or member of parliament can nominate someone. Most nominees have no hope of ever getting the prize.

      2. Not sure you should have included The Dalai Lama in that list. I have never heard of him advocating war or violence in any form.

        Maybe the Pope should be their instead. The Catholic church are responsible for so many of the worlds ills and a great deal of death and suffering.

        1. There is evidence to suggest that the Dalai Lama was working with the CIA to initiate a guerilla insurgency to defeat both Han Chinese and Tibetan elements of the Red Army and re-install the (really rather barbaric) Tibetan feudal system. I don’t know whether it has ever been proven, but it has certainly been put forward as an argument with supporting evidence. Whether such an insurgency is morally justified or not is debatable I suppose.

        2. He was monarch of an autocracy that had slavery, is said to have owned slaves himself, had no democratic process (being the sole monarch) and only abolished corporal punishment just before the Chinese invaded. He’s also been linked to the small mercenery (read : terrorist) groups that were operating in Tibet at the time of the war.

          The buddhism we know over here isn’t the one that exists everywhere else. You only have to look as far as Sri Lanka to see that’s it’s just as mental as all the rest.

  2. What is happening in Europe these days? Scary stuff!

    Did Merkel have something do to with this?

  3. Justusboyz 2 Oct 2013, 4:10pm

    I couldn’t even read the entire article before commenting!
    Ridiculous , ridiculous . Has the world taken leave of its senses?

  4. It’s not April 1st today, is it?

  5. Marcwebbo3 2 Oct 2013, 4:11pm

    This has to be some sort of sick joke!!!!

  6. Jock S. Trap 2 Oct 2013, 4:13pm

    Just bizarre!!

  7. Yet again, vicious homophobia is rewarded. Who next? Mugabe?

    1. Bob Mugabe was given an honorary knighthood in the 1990’s and it wasn’t revoked until 2008.

  8. The International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World is apparently a Russian group. This may go some way to explaining this.

    1. Colin (London) 2 Oct 2013, 4:32pm

      Explains a lot….Thank goodness I really thought I’d lost it.

    2. Sounds like it might be like one of these American far right religious inspired nut job Institutes for “Liberty Freedom and Justice” , which in reality, if they recognised it, is actually the diametric opposite.

  9. Woah there Pink News, let’s not seem too surprised about this! This is the Nobel *Peace Prize* not the Nobel Equal Rights Prize. Like it or not, Putin has done quite a bit to stem the escalation of violence in the Syrian Civil War, and many will feel that his nomination on these grounds is perfectly valid. Certainly he has done more to promote global peace than the former winner of the prize, Barack Obama.

    Of course his government have a poor record on LGBT rights, and we shouldn’t stop criticising them for that. Similarly, they have a dubious record on issues like Chechnya and South Ossetia, which warrant criticism. But it seems morally dubious to attack his nomination for a *Peace Prize* on the grounds of his party’s domestic social issues.

    1. One ‘right’ does not correct a ‘wrong’ ….

      1. I agree, and nowhere did I claim that it didn’t. But of course, “right” and “wrong” are subjective, relative concepts. For millions of Russians — a majority of the population — the recent government measures to suppress the “propaganda” of “non-traditional” sexual practices and relationships are entirely morally “right”. I don’t agree with them at all, but they believe that nonetheless, and the Russian government was merely reflecting the prevailing conservative trends in the country. Putin simply signed into law a bill that had overwhelming governmental and large popular support; it was not a bill that he himself designed. Does this inherently mean that his actions to prevent an international conflict in the Levant are nullified ? I don’t think so. His actions may well save tens of thousands of lives, and I think that me must respect that.

    2. Sorry, but your wrong. The nomination specifically references Putin’s domestic policies as part of the reason for him ‘earning’ the Nobel Peace Prize.
      “Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin makes efforts to maintain peace and tranquillity not only on the territory of his own country….”

    3. Just to clarify, I am not saying that I believe Putin deserves to win the Nobel Peace Prize, just that a fairly good case can and has been made for his nomination. This relies purely on the basis of his personal activism in preventing a NATO bombardment of Syria, which would quite probably have led to an eventual victory for al-Nusra and the establishment of a Sunni Islamist state in the country.

      1. I would sooner see Obama nominated to receive a second prize, since he had the humanity to remain open to diplomatic options even though doing so went against the US government’s clear desire and ability to deploy military force to unilaterally achieve their objectives. The logic is just as flimsy.

    4. Robert in S. Kensington 2 Oct 2013, 4:32pm

      He signed his party’s legislation into law so he is directly responsible for its implementation as well as supports it. That wasn’t a peaceful piece of legislation either considering the violence it has brought about towards gay Russians and the perpetrators go unpunished. All down to Putin!

      1. Of course I agree that he is ultimately responsible for that particular piece of legislation, which is intensely detrimental to Russia’s LGBT community. And yes, I would like to see him removed as Russia’s leader, in place of a more liberal, less autocratic replacement. But we cannot divorce the political ruler from the milieu and background from which he emerges and which he represents. Far too many commentators on this site attack Putin the “dictator” (which, quite frankly, he isn’t) as being this super-malevolent man who rules Russia by personal degree, like some absolute monarch. He isn’t. He’s a democratically elected figure (even taking electoral regularities into account, he was still a clear winner) who represents the deeply conservative, religiously Orthodox, parochial majority of Russia’s populace. In fact, he’s able to moderate some of the more ultra-conservative calls from that community; many Russians would like to see same-sex relations criminalised once more.

    5. Colin (London) 2 Oct 2013, 4:38pm

      No he is buying time to allow Al-assad to get more weapons and a media campaign justifying his position. This allows him time to attempt to stop free speech, democratic elections, cultural and ethnic changes which would get rid of his dictatorship.

      That is what Putin adds to this.

      1. It’s no secret that Putin and the Russian government would like to see Assad’s Ba’athist government retain power in Syria, and that is probably the key reason for him opposing a NATO bombardment of the country. Assad has long been Russia’s ally, and a good commercial partner. Similarly, Russia knows that if Assad’s secular regime falls, then Syria will almost certainly be controlled by a Sunni Islamist government allied to Saudi Arabia and Qatar (and to a lesser extent Turkey and the US), which will not be favourable to Russian interests. But there are other reasons for opposing NATO bombardment; Russia despises the manner in which the US flagrantly ignores international law to intervene in Asian affairs (i.e. Afghanistan, Iraq), considering it deeply arrogant and a threat to Russian hegemony in parts of Western and Central Asia. But this reasoning (self-serving as it may be) doesn’t change the fact that by preventing NATO intervention, Putin has probably prevented international war.

      2. Robert in S. Kensington 2 Oct 2013, 6:37pm

        And the chemical weapons Putin will store from the Assad regime will probably be sold to another rogue in that part of the world. I wouldn’t trust anything Putin does or says.

        1. I certainly agree that Putin should not be trusted, but I would not expect his government to sell any chemical weapons to other regimes in the region. Chemical weapons are cheap enough to produce to start with (far cheaper than other WMDs), so that any country in the region could produce them if they so desired, and certainly wouldn’t need to buy them. Furthermore, the Russian government would be very concerned about such weapons falling into the hands of Sunni Islamist groups (i.e. the likes of Al-Qaeda, or Al-Nusra), which may well be used against Russian troops or civilians by Chechnyan separatists or other Islamist groups with a grudge against Russia; for this reason they would have an interest in their destruction. Of course, Russia (like Britain and the US) makes a lot of money on the arms trade anyway, selling ordinary military hardware to some very dubious sources…

    6. Didn’t Putin arm the Syrian government, how is that peaceful, he created a one sided slaughter situation and then warned the rest of the world back away.

    7. Deus caritas est 2 Oct 2013, 11:31pm

      Here! Here!

  10. “…efforts to maintain peace and tranquillity not only on the territory of his own country but also actively promotes settlement of all conflicts arising on the planet.”
    Umm, hello. Japan wants the Kuril Islands back. What’s that? Russia wont give, even though the Islands were annexed by way of the Soviet Union’s military force?
    On that alone Putin doesn’t deserve a Peace Prize commendation. To say nothing of how his policies give license for anything but domestic peace and tranquility for the many LGBT citizens.

    Putin has pissed all over the dignity of the Olympics, now his “international academy of fluff” is putting him down to piss all over the dignity of the Nobel Peace Prize. Is there nothing civilized he wont destroy?
    Obama deserves his peace prize more than Putin.

    1. Obama who leads the world’s most militarily aggressive state ? The same Obama whose regime has expanded US drone attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan, wracking up huge civilian casualties ? Whose administration keeps Guantanamo Bay open, imprisoning many foreign nationals without trial, despite pledging to close it ? Whose intelligence agencies have been involved in a recent coup against the democratically-elected government of Honduras and continue to undermine others across Latin America ? Who seemed eager to lead a NATO bombardment against Syria, with the obvious intention of bringing about regime change despite this being a clear violation of international law ? I think Obama’s stance on LGBT rights is great, but this doesn’t negate the fact that he is the official head of the world’s most dangerous war machine with no respect for international law and a deeply hypocritical record on human rights. That that man should even be nominated for the Peace Price is laughable.

    2. I’m not trying to defend Putin or the actions of his United Russia government, and yes they have been militarily active in ethically dubious conflicts on the geographical fringes of the Russian Federation (South Ossetia, Chechnya) over the past few decades. But Putin’s Russian government is nowhere near as aggressive as Obama’s US administration, and to claim that Obama is more deserving than Putin is – in my opinion – bizarre and impossible to defend.

  11. Other nominees include Robert Mugabe, Basher al Assad and Kim Jong Un.
    (Satire is dead!)

  12. You can register your thought here ….
    comments@nobelprize.org

  13. Colin (London) 2 Oct 2013, 4:29pm

    All i can think is that there is a concerted effort to try to get Russia to play it’s part in the world. Maybe better brains than me are trying the “make Putin feel part of the world and he may become part of it.” This includes letting him have the Olympics, world cup etc. If he is raised to the world stage he may actually behave like an adult.

    I hope they are right because from my standpoint I cannot see it.

    South Africa changed.

    1. … what …? Like Chamberlin did with Hitler? Appeasement of dictators is NEVER a good idea.

      1. You’ll have a hard time finding reliable political scientists who accept that Putin is a “dictator”. He’s autocratic, yes — few could deny that, but he has been democratically elected on multiple occasions in largely free-and-fair multi-party elections. Agreed, at the most recent election there were cases of irregularities, but even taking those into account, Putin was the clear winner. He represents the conservative, nationalistic, religious attitude of a very large percentage of Russia’s population, and they repeatedly turn out in their millions to cast their votes for him.

        1. Have you seen the dictatorial power conferred on a Russian President by the Constitution, incidentally, written by that arch drunk and alcoholic, Yeltsin!
          Putin has also violated the safe-guards guaranteed by that same Constitution, such as they are, a tradition in Russia I may add, since early soviet times.

  14. This is madness. It does come from a russian based nobel group though! Suppose they overlooked the fact that Russia pumps military hardware to a syrian evil dictator and proberly Iran to to name but 2. If he wins it will tarnish if not ridicule the Nobel peace prize forever. Oh and i did’nt even start on the LGBT issue……

    1. Don’t forget to mention his 2008 war with Georgia, and the questions about the causes of it which remain unanswered.

  15. That There Other David 2 Oct 2013, 4:35pm

    Chill out guys. He’s been nominated by a Russian entity that is quite entitled to nominate whoever it wants, even if all they’re doing is climbing up Putin’s anal passage with their tongues hanging out.

    However, being nominated and winning are two different things. The Nobel committee is Norwegian. Do you honestly think a group of Norwegians are going to hand a Nobel Laureate to Putin under the current circumstances?

    1. Queen Elizabeth II of Britain made Romania’s dictator, Nicolae Ceaușescu, a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath. Mistakes can be – and are – made. It would be a HUGE one to reward Putin in this way.

    2. Justusboyz 2 Oct 2013, 8:43pm

      Britain knighted Jimmy Saville ! I thought he was ‘unsavoury’ back in the day when I was only a kid.

    3. Let’s hope NOT

  16. Don’t be surprised. I remember someone nominated Milosevic in the 1990s. It doesn’t mean he’ll win.

  17. Colin (London) 2 Oct 2013, 4:40pm

    The Nobel Peace Prize now stands for …NOTHING.

    1. That There Other David 2 Oct 2013, 5:30pm

      Colin, calm down. Some Russian serf-mentality types have nominated their Great and Powerful All-Conquering Shark-Wrestling Leader, that’s all. The Nobel Committee are not Russian. They aren’t going to publicly laugh at the nomination, but it’s very very unlikely he’s going to win.

      1. Colin (London) 2 Oct 2013, 8:08pm

        Point taken.

  18. BlokeToys 2 Oct 2013, 4:42pm

    Lets be honest here, the Nobel Peace Prize is worthless, thanks to them giving it to Obama for nothing.

    It’s a joke, probably more intended to get some attention than it is to actually award someone for something good.

    The Nobel Peace Prize is like the Oscars of Cynicism, it’s become a joke, a parody, something to loathe.

  19. Is this a joke? This murdering little sh*t putin had his security services blow up working class tower blocks in order to pin the blame on Czhechnyan terrorists and then in ‘retaliation’ launch a war against the country. He’s has had numerous journalists murdered or thrown into prison on trumped up charges. Plus he had that critic murdered in London for pointing out that Putin likes very young boys. He is a totalitarian dickhead. The list of his crimes is endless. So WTF is this proposal he be given the peace prize?? Why not give it to Mugabe? Or Assad of Syria? This is absurd

    1. You are so Right.

  20. First thought, was it the 1st April yesterday! Silly man

  21. John in Toronto Canada 2 Oct 2013, 5:10pm

    Sometimes I think I live in an alternate dimension where everything is wrong.

  22. The inly reason Putin did not want military intervention in Syria is simple.

    The Russians supply arms to Syria a very lucrative trade. The main reason however is the only Russian Naval base in the area is in Syria. If and when Assad goes they are likely to be told to go as well.

    This is more to do with money and Russian power in the region than anything else.

    1. It’s not the only reason. But it is the most prominent reason; the geopolitical situation however, is far more complex.

  23. GingerlyColors 2 Oct 2013, 5:27pm

    Didn’t Adolf Hitler get nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize once?

  24. George Broadhead 2 Oct 2013, 6:16pm

    It should be noted that Putin has revealed his religious beliefs by declaring:

    ”We note that many Euro-Atlantic countries have practically betrayed their roots, including the values of Christianity which were essential for the Western civilization. Moral principles together with any traditional identity (national, cultural, confessional or even juridical) are being denied. The policy that puts on a par a large family and gay partnerships, belief in God and in Satan worship are being enforced there”,

  25. And I thought Obama winning one was a joke…

  26. Putin may be a dictatorial tyrant, but he isn’t completely insane, at least not yet, the reason he is in the forefront to rid Syria of these Saran munitions is quite clear, the last thing he wants to happen is that jihadist groups, like those in the southern oblasts of Russia (Chechnya)get their hands on these weapons and use one or two in central Moscow, as I said, he’s not completely mad.
    It’s self preservation, not some sense of altruism, or world statesmanship.

  27. soapbubblequeen 2 Oct 2013, 7:03pm

    WHAT THE HELL?!!!! This is a wind up surely?!!

  28. Stephen Mole 2 Oct 2013, 7:10pm

    Mega stitch-up. Syria peace process my arse, when we all know he did it o shore up his mate Assad. Pass me the sick bag. This can’t be true. This man is an even bigger arse-wipe than the Pope.

  29. Beelzeebub 2 Oct 2013, 7:11pm

    I’m pretty sure Alfred Nobel, would be turning in his grave at this atrocity.

    Awarding prizes in his name to viscous idiots like Putin.

  30. Henry Kissinger actually won it and he had the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people on his hands. Putin should win in order to be in keeping with tradition.

  31. Nobel Price of Peace should be cancelled and closed permanently. It was discredited so many times and it getting worse…

  32. I love how you guys are hating on him, hes an awesome guy, sure he banned a few gay things, so what, he has done alot for the people

    1. HERP DERP I have a feeling you know very little about Putin and are just going off what you’ve read on the news the past few months.

      P.s. the scapegoating and demonizing political tactics enforced on the LGBT minority in Russia are a LOT more than just “banning a few gay things” – LOL

  33. this is a joke, not a good one, bad taste, the murderous bastard

  34. Colin Cass 2 Oct 2013, 10:26pm

    the World has spun into a homophobic whirlpool! Now even one of the Worlds leading bigots is being nominated for the Nobel Peace prize.
    Great people, Worthy people, are past winners of this award,how can thier achievements be sullied by this contamination of the Bigot Putin being given the Nobel PEACE Prize! It would appear that it is admirable to persicute LGBT people,ARE WE THE NEW JEWS!! has the World Not learned a Very Painfull & Shamefull lesson! It would appear NOT!

  35. Dan Crowley 2 Oct 2013, 10:41pm

    And he deserves it. A truly great man who has taken a stand against western degeneracy. I only hope our country will follow his example.

  36. Deus caritas est 2 Oct 2013, 11:30pm

    Whilst Putin’s views about homosexuality are deplorable it cannot be denied that this man played a noble and peaceful hand in ensuring that there was not another senseless war with a country that has nothing to do with us here in Britain. For that he must be given this prize.

    1. I think you’ll find his vetoes have helped prolong that war for two years so far.

  37. Celebrian 3 Oct 2013, 2:14am

    Are the nominations made public?
    The statutes of the Nobel Foundation restrict disclosure of information about the nominations, whether publicly or privately, for 50 years. The restriction concerns the nominees and nominators, as well as investigations and opinions related to the award of a prize.

  38. Well while we are at it, why don’t we give one to the Westboro Baptist Church also.

    1. Oh go on, nominate them as they’d stand a good chance of winning these days it seems.

    2. Justusboyz 3 Oct 2013, 6:46am

      Sad thing is, he will probably win it , I despair .

  39. Mark in Halifax 3 Oct 2013, 9:00am

    So, Russia is being left out in the cold with its homophobic laws and a cooling of the relationship with other superpowers…..what can they do about it? I know, let’s convince Syria to get rid of all their chemical weapons when diplomatic efforts in the weeks before got nowhere. Suddenly it’s Congratulations Puta (sorry, Putin!), here’s a f***ing Nobel prize nomination and everyone with love you for what you’ve done.

    WRONG, WRONG, WRONG on so many levels and we need to act now to make sure that the tiny, smug homophobe gets nothing out of this.

  40. Un-f**kingbelievable!

  41. You’ve got it wrong he has been nominated for the UKIP sleaze prize!

  42. Is this some sort of sick joke?

  43. Helge Vladimir Tiller 3 Oct 2013, 7:10pm

    Putin is not sexy enough ! Every year there is an intense debate here in Norway after this Prize has been awarded. (Many crazy decisions—) If Putin gets it–of course he won’t !–I will move to the MOON. He is not sexy enough; judged by Russian LGBTQ experts.

  44. Presuambly next up we’ll be hearing that Mrs Lovett’s Pie Shop is up for a Michelin star…

  45. Velvet Steele 3 Oct 2013, 8:06pm

    They’re kidding right?

  46. If this is supposed to be a joke, it’s just sick and disgusting.

  47. Still deserves it more than Obama…

  48. Helge Vladimir Tiller 4 Oct 2013, 7:59am

    The Committee is extremely America friendly. So just for this reason-Putin of course, and other Russians that eventually would deserve a Peace Prize in the future, doesn’t stand a chance as long as the political climate is like it is today.

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