Russian president deserves Nobel Peace Prize - public figures

Several prominent public figures plan to suggest nominating Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Several prominent public figures plan to suggest nominating Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"It is not accidental that the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation Among the Nations of the World has decided to nominate the leader of our state for this highest peacekeeping award. We very well know what peacekeeping mission our president country has performed in many problem-stricken districts of our country," academy president Georgy Trapeznikov said at a press conference at the Interfax central office on Tuesday.

The academy's vice president Beslan Kobakhiya, for his part, praised Putin's role in the search for a peaceful solution of the Syrian conflict.

"Vladimir Putin made all the efforts needed to secure a peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict. Using his personal example, he has proven his commitment to peace in deeds, not just words," Kobakhiya said.

Singer Joseph Kobzon said that Putin deserves this award even more than U.S. President Barack Obama.

"Barack Obama is the man who initiated and approved of aggressions on the part of the United States like those staged in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now he is preparing for an operation in Syria. However, he was given this award [the Nobel Peace Prize of 2009]. In my opinion, our president, who is trying to stop the bloodshed and is working to help resolve this conflict through political dialogue, deserves this high award much more," Kobzon said.

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