The Nobel Peace Prize laureate Memorial is an important civil society organization that undertakes significant documentation work and contributes to a broader understanding of past abuses, aiming to prevent their recurrence in the future. Memorial has made outstanding efforts in documenting war crimes, human rights abuses, and the abuse of power.

It is a matter of great concern for the Norwegian Nobel Committee to learn that Memorial's co-chairman, Oleg Orlov, is being prosecuted in connection with this important peace-making project.

- Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen