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Give Nobel peace prize to Julian Assange: Russia

By Abdul Nisar
Google Oneindia News
Julian Assange and WikiLeaks
Moscow, Dec 10: Expressing a surprise support to the jailed WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, Russia has suggested that he should be awarded the Nobel peace prize.

Russia urged non-governmental organisations to nominate Julian Assange as a Nobel Prize laureate for the release of United States diplomatic cables.

"Public and non-governmental organisations should think of how to help him. Maybe, nominate him as a Nobel Prize laureate," the source from inside president Dmitry Medvedev's office told Russian media.

Earlier, Russia President Demitry Medvedev's spokesman slammed WikiLeaks releases by saying, "not worthy of comment." But the latest comment from Russia came after the release of the cable which described Russia as a "mafia state".

In one cable US diplomat said that "Criminal elements enjoy a krysha (protection racket) that runs through the police, the federal security service, ministry of internal affairs and the prosecutor's office, as well as throughout the Moscow city government bureaucracy."

In another cable from Feb 2010, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said "Russian democracy has disappeared".

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