Putin critics, climate activists, anyone? The announcement of the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize amid war in Ukraine

The Nobel Peace Prize will be unveiled on Friday, with experts speculating it could be awarded to critics of Vladimir Putin, climate activists or even no prize at all amid war in Ukraine.

The peak of the nobel season, the winner of the Peace Prize will be announced at 11:00 a.m. (09:00 GMT) in Oslo, against the backdrop of the invasion of Moscow by Ukraine which plunged Europe into one of its worst crises since the Second World War.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee keeps the list of nominations a closely guarded secret, but it is known to contain 343 names, including 251 individuals and 92 organisations.

With Ukraine making headlines since the start of the year, some price pundits say the committee is unlikely to ignore it.

“It’s likely that we’ll see a prize that somehow goes in the direction of Ukraine,” said director of the Oslo Peace Research Institute, Henrik Urdal. . Norwegian NRK broadcaster just hours before the announcement.

In this case, he said the possible winners could be the Belarusian opposition leader. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and Russian dissident Alexei Navalnythorns in the side of the Kremlin and one of its rare allies in the war, the Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

Urdal also mentioned those documenting alleged war crimes, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), also based in The Hague, or the investigative site Bellingcat.

The Nobel season ends on Monday with the Nobel Prize in Economics.

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