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Russia and Iran Barred from Attending Prestigious Nobel Prize Event

Russia and Iran Barred from Attending Prestigious Nobel Prize Event

Russia and Iran Barred from Attending Prestigious Nobel Prize Event

Nobel Foundation reverses decision to invite Russia, Belarus and Iran to Stockholm awards ceremony

Stockholm, September 2, 2023 – The Nobel Foundation’s initial decision to extend invitations to Russia, Belarus and Iran for this year’s Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm has been reversed amid widespread criticism. The Foundation acknowledged dissatisfaction among the Swedish public regarding this decision.

Last year, Russia and Belarus were left off the guest list due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while Iran was left off the guest list due to human rights concerns. However, this year, the Nobel Foundation decided not to invite these countries, prompting Ukraine to express its disapproval, and the subsequent reversal was seen as a victory for humanitarian values.

The prestigious Nobel Prize ceremony is scheduled to take place on December 10 in Stockholm, Sweden. During the event, laureates in various fields including medicine, physics, literature and economics are honored. Along with this, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony takes place in Oslo, Norway.

The justification and U-turn of the Nobel Foundation: Balancing values and public opinion

The Nobel Foundation defended its initial decision, stressing the importance of promoting Nobel Prize values to a wider audience. It aimed to convey messages of peace and human rights, citing human rights advocates from Russia and Belarus as well as last year’s decision to award the peace prize to Ukrainians who documented Russian war crimes.

However, the foundation admitted that the negative reactions had derailed their intentions. As a result, it has chosen to follow last year’s unusual practice by not inviting the ambassadors of Russia, Belarus and Iran to the Nobel Prize award ceremony in Stockholm.

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