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Russian Woman, Ukrainian Woman Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

2. March 2012 by Dasha 0 Comments

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina are among two of 231 Nobel Peace Prize nominees, it was revealed earlier this week.

Though the Nobel Peace Prize Jury, based in Oslo, Norway, doesn’t reveal who has been nominated for the prestigious award, men and women with nomination rights can choose to make their picks public. Tymoshenko and Gannushkina join U.S. Army private Bradley Manning on the list of 2012 nominees. Manning was charged for his role in the 2010 WikiLeaks scandal.

According to Nobel committee member Geir Lundestad, this year’s nominees include a mix of old and new candidates. Svetlana Gannushkina, for instance, was also nominated for the prize last year. Yulia Tymoshenko is a new addition.

"They (the candidates) are from all over the world, very many well-known names and some that are not so well-known to the public," Lundestad told the Associated Press.

Svetlana Gannushkina is a Russian human rights defender and one of the founding members of the Russian Human Rights Center Memorial. Yulia Tymoshenko is the former Prime Minister of Ukraine. In October 2011, Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison for allegedly abusing her power when brokering the 2009 gas deal with Russia. May Ukrainians oppose her imprisonment.

Source: Star Tribune