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You're reading: RFE/RL: Prominent writers quit Russian PEN center

Prominent Russian writer Boris Akunin, whose real name is Grigory Chkhartishvili, has severed his association with the Russian PEN Center in part of a widening split within the rights organization.

Writing on Facebook on Jan. 10, Akunin said that the Russian PEN Center does not defend persecuted writers and so has “nothing in common” with the global PEN movement.

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