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Viktor Yanukovych regime’s spin doctors have reacted in typical fashion to the nomination earlier this year of Yulia Tymoshenko for the Nobel Peace Prize. (The prize is awarded annually on Dec. 10).

Politics should not play a role in this award, huffed Yanukovych’s advisor Dmytro Vidrin in an interview with Radio Svoboda.

What Vidrin is apparently unaware of, or deliberately ignoring, is that politics have played a critical role in Nobel Peace Prize awards, especially since 1960. This is particularly true where an individual or organization is fighting for basic human rights against an oppressive regime, or regimes. And in awarding these individuals, what the Nobel Peace Prize Committee has been doing is bringing world attention to their causes. Thus the Tymoshenko nomination fits in perfectly with the historic precedents.

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