Russian President Vladimir Putin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the Kremlin confirmed on Thursday.
The nomination from a group of Russian public figures was spearheaded by writer Sergey Komkov, according to Russian news agency TASS.
The nomination was reportedly sent to the five-person committee in Norway earlier this year. However, the reason for the nomination has not yet been reported.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin’s administration was not behind the nomination.
“You all know that completely different people are nominated for this award, this is an initiative of those submitting the nomination. In this case, [the nomination was submitted by] the aforementioned writer,” Peskov said, referring to Komkov.
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