In Venezuela, writer and political militant Miguel Otero Silva has received the Lenin Peace Prize.
GV Nikolai Blagin, President of Lenin Prize Committee, speaking and other delegates listening
SCU Mr. Blagin pinning Lenin award on Miguel Otero Silva. Crowd applauds and certificate is also presented (3 shots)
CU Delegates watching (2 shots)
CU Miguel Otero Silva speaking in Spanish, as delegates listen (3 shots)
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Background: In Venezuela, writer and political militant Miguel Otero Silva has received the Lenin Peace Prize. He is the first Venezuelan to be honoured in this way. His novels and poetry have been translated into more than 15 languages including Russian. He is also co-founder of one of Venezuela's most influential newspapers, "El National".
SYNOPSIS: The prize was awarded in a ceremony in Caracas on Thursday (22 May). Mr. Nikolai Blagin, President of the Lenin Prize Committee, travelled from Moscow to honour the winner. The decision to make the award to Mr. Silva came from the Socialist Union of Writers and other associated international groups. The Lenin Peace Prize is regarded as the equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize amongst socialist countries. It is the seventh time it has been awarded to a Latin American.
The prize is worth 25,000 roubles (16,350 U.S. dollars). After he received the award, Mr. Silva told the audience at the ceremony he was donating the money to pay for a monument to be erected in one of the avenues of Caracas in honour of the Nicaraguan hero, Augusto Cezar Sandino. It was from him that the present day Sandinistas drew their inspiration.