Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, said Sergei Erofeev, a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
According to him, a group of scientists from several universities dealing with Russia proposed Navalny's candidacy, Meduza reports.
At the same time, Erofeev did not give specific names but said that they are world-renowned scientists.
The Nobel Prize is awarded in Sweden in five directions. The nomination process begins in September and ends on January 31 of the following year. According to the rules of the award, only the names of the laureates are announced. Names of those who were nominated but did not receive the prize become available only 50 years after the presentation ceremony.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny felt unwell on August 20 during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. He receives treatment in Berlin. According to the German authorities, he was poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group in Russia.
NEWS.ru reported earlier that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had received a request from German authorities for the technical assistance in investigating the situation with the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.