The editorial staff of the Novaya Gazeta newspaper has nominated former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky for the Golden Feather prize, the press center of Khodorkovsky and former Menatep head Platon Lebedev posted a statement.
The editorial staff attributed its decision to the fact that throughout the contest period of 2012-2013 Khodorkovsky "did not cease cooperation with the periodical regardless of all the difficulties of delivering the materials from the Segezha colony," the statement said.
Khodorkovsky has published a series of stories in Novaya Gazeta, which quite often were discussed by mass media outlets and society.
Novaya Gazeta Editor-in-Chief Dmitry Muratov has confirmed the nomination of Khodorkovsky for the prize.
"This is the decision of the editorial board. Khodorkovsky has significantly impacted readers with his publications. We suppose that his articles in Novaya Gazeta, the New Times magazine and the Vedomosti newspaper deserve the highest professional award," Muratov told Interfax.
The committee has not yet received the document on Khodorkovsky's nomination, the Union of Journalists of Russia Chairman Vsevolod Bogdanov said.
"We have not received the request yet. I, myself, am not a committee member and I do not have my own point of view on Khodorkovsky's nomination. Any information regarding this is unlikely to come prior to the committee meeting. Is the nomination of Khodorkovsky correct? Everyone has the right to nominate any candidate," Bogdanov told Interfax.
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