Dmitry Muratov

direttore Novaya Gazeta (via video)

Dmitry Muratov is editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta and joint winner - with Maria Ressa - of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for "their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

He started out as a journalist for Soviet newspapers. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, he and other journalists co-founded the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which soon became a leading advocate for democracy and freedom of expression in Russia. The Soviet Union’s last leader and the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Mikhail Gorbachev, supported the newspaper financially and became co-owner in 2006. Muratov has been editor-in-chief for most years since 1995.

Under Muratov’s leadership, Novaya Gazeta has criticised the Russian authorities for corruption, electoral fraud and human rights violations. Six of the newspaper’s journalists have been murdered because they wrote critical articles on Russian military operations in Chechnya and the Caucasus. The best known of them is Anna Politkovskaya. In September 2023 he was declared by the Russian authorities to be a "foreign agent."

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