A billionaire Russian mining tycoon has been revealed as the buyer of American scientist James Watson’s Nobel Prize medal–and says he plans to hand the award straight back.

Alisher Usmanov, whose mining and telecoms companies have earned him $15billion according to Forbes, paid a record $4.1million for the medal when it was auctioned in New York last week.

But now he says he will hand the medal back to Watson, who was awarded it in 1962 alongside Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins after discovering the double helix structure of DNA.

Usmanov said: ‘In my opinion, a situation in which an outstanding scientist has to sell a medal recognising his achievements is unacceptable.

‘James Watson is one of the greatest biologists in the history of mankind and his award for the discovery of DNA structure must belong to him.’

Watson became the first living recipient of a Nobel medal to auction the trophy when he lost most of his income and reputation after claiming that white people are smarter than black people.

In a 2007 interview with The Sunday Times, he said he was ‘gloomy about the prospect of Africa’ because ‘all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, whereas all the testing says not really.’

Those comments lead to him being dropped from company boards, forced him to retire from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, and reduced his income to his academic work alone.

Before selling the medal Watson said he wanted to use the money to re-enter public life after becoming an ‘unperson’, and buy a Hockney painting.

He said he also planned to donate part of the windfall to the universities of Indiana, Chicago and Cambridge which helped ‘nurture’ him.

Mr Usmanov, who was named as Britain’s wealthiest man in 2013, added: ‘Dr Watson’s work contributed to cancer research, the illness from which my father died.

‘It is important for me that the money that I spent on this medal will go to supporting scientific research, and the medal will stay with the person who deserved it.’

Crick and Watson won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine after discovering the double helix structure of DNA, though their research would prove controversial.

Their discovery drew heavily on the work of Rosalind Franklin, whose DNA crystallography photographs of the double helix were shared with them without her permission.

Her work is widely accepted to have greatly helped the pair map the double helix structure of DNA, and explain how genetic information is coded on to it.

Franklin, who was working at University College London, died of ovarian cancer in 1958, four years before the Nobel Prize was awarded, discounting her from the selection.

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  • DaveMed

    Kind of heart-warming.

    • Anna Tree

      Except if the money is really going to those universities who will create even more zombies who despise people saying an obvious truth like Watson.

      I thought he should build a white town with that money and donate some to Taylor, Richwine, Derbyshire, Borzellieri and others in the same position.
      But definitively buying a Hockney is way better than giving to those who are digging his, our and the white race graves.

  • anony

    Three cheers for the Russian!

    • Rurik

      And yet … is he really a Russian? Any Russian speaker would recognize the name as not Slavic but Muslim in origin. Possibly Tatar. If so, then all the more glory to gospodin Usmanov. Four or even five cheers! Same that such a deed never occurred to Comrade Buffett or Comrade Gates.

      • Realist

        Buffett and Gates are busy giving their money to blacks in Africa…..money well spent I’m sure.

        • Pathfinder75

          Money well WASTED.

          • Realist

            I was facetious.
            I speak facetious fluently.

      • DaveMed

        No. He was born in Uzbekistan.

        • Rurik

          Thanks for the clarification. The rest of my comment still stands of course.

  • TruthBeTold

    A happy ending that never should have been necessary.

    And I hope this ticks off all the right people.

    • propagandaoftruth

      A happy ending that never should have been necessary.
      ———–
      And in most places is considered a form of prostitution.

      So I’m tickled Watson’s getting his medal back and some money, which beats a happy ending regardless. With $4 million, happy endings are not an issue.

      Kudos to Mr. Usmanov.

  • Tarczan

    The sale of his medal was reported in the MSM, but not the fact yhat his financial hardship resulted from his statements about race. I’m sure the media blackout of this fact will continue.

  • Pathfinder75

    Alisher Usmanov: Russian gentleman.

  • SlizzardAjeosshi

    Thank you Russian billionaire !

    Personal note to all the Russian readers, i traveled to your fantastic country only for a 24 hours business trip in 2011:i didn’t literally have the time to see anything other than a hotel and a conference room, i really hope i can make time to properly visit soon or later.

    Cheers for one of the greatest contributors to literature, visual arts, music and mathematics !

  • MekongDelta69

    This is my pick for AmRen‘s ‘feel-good’ article of the week…

  • See? It is possible for billionaires to be patriotic.

    • WR_the_realist

      Unfortunately, none of the American billionaires are.

      • Oil Can Harry

        At least Bill Gates does a good Kermit The Frog impression.

        • Reynardine

          And Zuckerberg does a good goyim impression.

          • Pathfinder75

            It’s too bad Zuckerberg can’t do a passable impression of a patriotic American.

  • SlizzardAjeosshi

    Also on a personal note: i have no skin in the Ukraine vs Russia game, i just fervently hope that a reasonable compromise for all the parties involved will be found soon.

    The last thing we need is a new internecine war in Europe

    • Reynardine

      With every civil war in Europe, there’s a guarantee that more and more of our ethnic rights will be taken away.

  • Drago Lord

    Interestingly enough, he is a muslim

    ebin kek

    • bilderbuster

      And he married Jewish.

      • Pathfinder75

        I guess he has “Kosher fever”.Lol!

  • Michigan Patriot

    Bravo to this humanity hero !

  • Yves Vannes

    Thank You, Mr. Usmanov. You have helped a great and honorable man preserve his dignity and live out his remaining years in some comfort. Dasvedanya.

  • Bobbala

    That man deserves a prize.

  • Guest

    *standing ovation* It is always refreshing and rejuvenating to read awesome stories like this!! This Russian guy is not only a billionaire in real life, but also a billionaire at heart!

  • Larry Klein

    A rare good deed by one the oligarchs.

  • David Ashton

    With great respect for James Watson, I can think of more deserving recipients of his bounty. The creation of an independent top-notch institute for racial studies is another idea.

    • Bantu_Education

      And he can’t be that hard up if he wants to waste it all on a Hockney..! I think he should donate it to Jared Taylor and the New Century Foundation.

      • David Ashton

        So do I but I doubt if he will consider it. Once scalded, twice shy.

  • libertarian1234

    ‘James Watson is one of the greatest biologists in the history of mankind and his award for the discovery of DNA structure must belong to him.’

    It is this incident more than any other in recent times that reveals to us that Orwell’s observation that “Telling the truth in an age of universal deceit is a revolutionary act,” is apropos in describing the lunacy that exists at the present time throughout the country.

    The field of science no longer looks for the truth, but seeks instead to placate radical leftist elements who are liars of the highest order, making the people involved no more than liars themselves.

    All their work is now suspect because of their fabrications to promote political correctness.

  • Uncle_Dan

    “It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material” — Watson and Crick, Nature, 1953.

  • Ethan Allen

    What a man! What a gesture! We could use about 10000 more just like him. Mr. Usmanov, my hat is off to you, sir. And sir, if you’re ever in my neck of the woods, the beer is on me.

  • This is such a nice story. With all the negative craziness in this upside down world, now and then some light shines through.

    Q.

  • dmxinc

    This Russian has shown a really good quality that is lacking in American leadership today.

  • IstvanIN

    This man is very kind and generous. It must be nice to be able to be honest publicly and do something so nice for Dr. Watson.

    • kikz2

      muslim married to tribe….odd that.

      • Remember, the children will be Jewish and rich.

        • kikz2

          well, if they already have them.. she’s waaay too old. he’s a large , albeit rich toad.

  • Evette Coutier

    It is sad to say but it’s looking like Russia is our last hope.

    • curri

      Yeah, it looks like Russian patriotism is starting to be defined (at least in part) in terms of opposition to American cultural Bolshevism.

  • ftex

    Maybe he should have given it to the family of Rosalind Franklin, a very gifted researcher using x-ray diffraction that was the key to understanding the structure of DNA. She was effectively shut out of consideration for the prize. She died before the prize was given. The whole story remains controversial, but there is no doubt here work was absolutely crucial to the understanding.

  • Sick of it

    Too many “Americans” of wealth are dual citizens.

  • Albert

    Damn. There really are some decent people in this world. Bless the Russian.

  • WR_the_realist

    The mass media tells me I’m supposed to hate those damn Russkies but Alisher Usmanov has given me one more reason to like them. Take the sanctions off of Russia and apply them to the U.S. mass media, our institutions of higher learning, and congress.

    Watson became the first living recipient of a Nobel medal to auction the
    trophy when he lost most of his income and reputation after claiming
    that white people are smarter than black people.

    Yes, James Watson was demonized and forced out of the laboratory he helped create because he told the truth.

  • LACountyRedneck

    Some one on this site in a story here a few weeks(?) ago related to this mentioned that it would be great if some rich guy bought the award and gave it back to him.
    Who was that?

  • John Smith

    Russia and China may be two of the last places on Earth where the “diversity” lie is not swallowed wholeheartedly.

    • WR_the_realist

      Add Japan to the list.

      That’s two Asian countries and one white country. Further evidence that Asians do have a modest average 5 IQ point advantage over whites.

      • John Smith

        I wonder how much of their advantage is due to their lack of diversity and if the non-natives in European countries get lumped into the statistical sample? The average IQ of the USA would go up significantly if certain non-white populations were excluded.

    • Bantu_Education

      Korea (south of course..!) and Singapore too.

      • John Smith

        Asians don’t seem to be afraid of discrimination, especially when it’s in their best interests. Another reason they’re leaving the West behind.

  • Subtai TheGreat

    Usmanov (russia’s richest man) is not white, but is clearly Asian. He is a Muslim Uzbek. Google him. He is a buddy of Putin’s.

    “Usmanov is one of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s “oligarchs,” a group of businessmen with close ties to the Kremlin, and last year Putin awarded him Russia’s highest civilian award, the Order for Service to the Fatherland.”

    • David Ashton

      Who cares?

    • anony

      Russia still has a “fatherland”.

      We, on the other hand, have voluntarily dissolved our southern border. Thus, we have no country left. No border means no country.

  • John

    I’d planned to do something similar for Dr. Watson but this guy beat me to it. I was a little too shy, by about 4.1 million.

  • White enough. If he lost a little weight, worked out, and dyed his hair, why he’d look like me. Even down to the speckled eyeglasses.

    Say, that gives me an excellent idea…

  • Realist

    Ironic indeed.

  • Realist

    He ives in Moscow he went to school in Russia. His nationality is listed as Russian. His religion is Islam his ethnicity is Uzbek. So he is Russian!

  • Ha a citizen form the former soviets defending freedom of speech, go figure.
    Why is this not in the news, oh ya, it would make the U.S look very bad to its own people.

  • Pathfinder75

    OK.

    Alisher Usmanov: Uzbekian gentleman.

    Regardless of whether or not he is more accurately described as a Russian or an Uzbekian Muslim,what he did is still an exemplary display of honor and selflessness.

  • John Jackson

    “He said he also planned to donate part of the windfall to the
    universities of Indiana, Chicago and Cambridge which helped ‘nurture’
    him.”

    Oooooh, can’t claim I know any of those universities but he may want to check into them, if they are anything like most universities they are probably creating the very people that made him a pariah.

  • Korean guy

    This Russian has my utmost respect. So does the Nobel prize winner for his scientific contribution.

    I have never lived in the States therefore I am not sure how it works, but I read that the Nobel prize winner will also have to pay quite a large amount of tax to IRS. Is that true? It was technically a sale, and I do not remember any American telling me he or she had to pay taxes after he sold something.

  • meanqueen

    Are we all going to have to move to Russia? It seems like the new up-and-coming place for truth-telling white people.

  • Itooktheredpill

    This is great news on a number of levels. First of all it is always awesome to see someone who still has a pair of balls and basically told the politically correct liberal western world to shove it. Second of all if this guy is genuinely in Putins circle of friends its likely that many of them share this view.

    This is interesting to me because many white nationalists see Putin as a defender of traditional vales and lifestyle. However I have never seen him speak directly on race or racial differences. However if people in his inner circle are showing support for James Watson…well its likely his opinions on the topic are similar.

    It would be nice to see a powerful white leader say I dont care if you think I am racist I am not balkanizing my country with africans.

  • Paleoconn

    Feelgood article indeed. Way to go Russkie benefactor! However, this is the first time I’ve heard of this Rosalind Franklin person. I shall research it further but it smells like feminist bogosity to me.

  • anony

    What you describe is the proximity effect and not some inherent difference amongst the “classes”.

    The “racial” subjects discussed on this board are biologically based and as natural as the rising of the sun.

    Stop pretending.

    And btw, class has little to do with relative income.

  • David Ashton

    I should have said: So what?