Russian President, Vladimir Putin, was amongst the record breaking 278 people and organizations nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Institute has said. Any national parliamentarian is entitled to submit nominations, the closing date for which was 1st February 2014.

The institute’s five man committee can also add names to the list, and the full list is normally not published for 50 years.

A spokesman for the institute, Geir Lundestad said: “The number of nominations increases almost every year, which shows a growing interest in the prize. We receive nominations from absolutely everywhere in the world.”

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