Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the International Academy of Spiritual Unity of the Peoples of the World.
That's right, one of world's most controversial political icons has been been recommended to claim the extremely prestigious award. As David Herszenhorn of the New York Times puts it, the man,
...Is credited with commanding a war to crush separatism in Chechnya, approving a full-scale attack on Georgia over a minor border dispute and complaining when NATO led an air war in Libya to stop Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi from killing thousands of Libyans. And he is still selling weapons to the murderous government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.
While many analysts contend Mr. Putin's merit of the prize, other Russian groups, specifically the International Academy of Spiritual Unity of the Peoples of the World, adamantly believe that their country's leader is qualified for the award. Top officials of the Russian group, including a ruling party lawmaker, are so convinced he is qualified, that they believe Putin is more worthy of the award than President Obama; “Our president, who is trying to stop the war and suggest a political solution, is more worthy of such a title,” he further added that Obama is “the person who initiated and approved such aggressive acts as Iraq and Afghanistan and who is preparing for intervention in Syria.”
The Russian president is being nominated due to his efforts in brokering a peace deal between the United States and the Syrian government, and preventing a 'third world war', as others have put it. Now, while Mr. Putin's efforts may have been quite legitimate and worthy in preventing the Syrian regime from facing a dreaded U.S. intervention, his past record as a Russian leader deem him quite unworthy for the prestige of Nobel Peace Prize; refusing to recognize Chechnya as a sovereign state, invading the country of Georgia and claiming the lives of thousands of innocent civilians, arbitrary arrests, executions, and numerous other disgraces.
Whether the Russian President will be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize is still quite uncertain, given that in spite of his remarkable efforts to prevent an intervention in Syria, he has committed numerous other reprehensible and heinous crimes.