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article imageVladimir Putin Gets A Special Nobel Prize for Stopping Lawlessness in Russia

By Saikat Basu     Apr 21, 2008 in World
Vladimir Putin, the Russian premier has won the Nobel Prize for his contribution for a better Russia. It is a Nobel, awarded in Moscow and not Stockholm, Sweden.
No, it’s not too fantastical to be true. Vladimir Putin has won a Nobel Prize. And he couldn't make it to the ceremony. If that sounds a bit far fetched, just hold on. While it is true that he has indeed won the Nobel Prize, it is also true that it’s not Alfred Nobel's legacy we are talking about but his brother's. Ludvig Nobel, older sibling of the better known Alfred Nobel, lived in Russia. Alfred Nobel made his fortune in explosives and his legacy was the now famous, Nobel Prizes. Similarly, Ludvig Nobel found his fortune in extracting oil from the coastline around the Azerbaijan capital Baku. He also invented the oil tanker. In 1888, seven years after Ludvig Nobel's death the Imperial Russian Technology Society established the Ludvig Nobel prize in his name. This, many historians believe inspired Alfred Nobel to start his own. The Russian revolution brought the awards to an end, but it was reinstated four years ago by a group of Russian businessman and artists. The Ludvig Nobel is given to Russians in honor of their work for a better Russia. And according to Yevgeny Lukoshkov, who heads the Ludvig Nobel Prize's selection committee, Vladimir Putin has earned it.
"Under the previous president, (Boris) Yeltsin, there was chaos and lawlessness. Somebody had to stand up and take responsibility and stop the robberies and murders. Putin took responsibility for eight years."
In modern day Russia, Putin is viewed as a Tsar incarnate. At home he has secured his destiny by leading a tottering nation towards semblance of normalcy and growth. Abroad, he has tirelessly worked to reestablish Russia as a world power. Perhaps, in Russia theirs no one as deserving as him. And hopefully, if Russia as a major power plays a responsible role in quelling the strife’s in our world, then one day Vladimir Putin could be equally deserving of the other Nobel too.
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