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Grigory Chkhartishvili, the best-selling Russian writer known for his detective novels set in imperial Russia (written under the name Boris Akunin), and for his foray into opposition politics directed against Vladimir V. Putin announced that from now on he would devote himself to writing a multivolume history of Russia. Sophia Kishkovsky reports The New York Times Blog ArtsBeat.

»He is one of Russia’s leading opposition activists and a best-selling crime writer, but Boris Akunin says he has gone off protest rallies and detective fiction.«

Ray Furlong

News from Russia: »I’m no Havel« says campaigning Russian author Boris Akunin. Ray Furlong with a portrait of the author. At BBC News.

»In Fandorin, the writer also invented a new kind of Russian protagonist: an attractive, intelligent, resourceful secret agent who, according to some, bore at least a passing resemblance to the Vladimir Putin of the early aughts.«

Sally McGrane about Grigory Chkhartishvili (Grigori Schalwowitsch Tschchartischwili), also known as Boris Akunin, with a worth reading portrait on Russia’s dissident detective novelist. Read more at