(NEW YORK) -- The international community might roll its eyes but a Russian advocacy group really feels that President Vladimir Putin deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.
On Tuesday, the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World said it nominated the controversial Russian leader for the esteemed award because of his attempts to end the conflict in Syria, which involved a proposal for his ally to surrender its chemical weapons in order to avoid a military strike by the U.S.
Group member Iosif Kobzon said that Putin was more deserving of the honor than President Obama, who won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Kobzon accused Obama of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan and trying to attack Syria.
What the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World failed to mention is that Moscow has been supplying military arms to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in its ongoing battle with opposition forces.
In the past, Putin has ordered attacks on rebels in Chechnya and launched an invasion against former Soviet Union satellite Georgia. Observers note his record on human rights at home is also sketchy.
Winning the prize might be a moot point anyway. Although the advocacy group said it actually nominated Putin last month, the deadline for making nominations for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to be announced on Oct. 11 was last February.
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