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Russian mystery writer accused by Kremlin of Discrediting Russian Military

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The Russian authorities have launched an investigation into the actions of Boris Akunin, a popular mystery writer and critic of the Kremlin, for allegedly discrediting the Russian military.

According to the Investigative Committee, Akunin is suspected of spreading false information about the role of the Soviet Union in World War II and the crimes committed by Nazi Germany.

Akunin, whose real name is Grigory Chkhartishvili, is a Georgian-born author of several series of historical novels and detective stories, featuring characters such as Erast Fandorin, Sister Pelagia and Nicholas Fandorin. He is also a translator of Japanese literature and an editor of anthologies of foreign literature. He has been living abroad since 2014, after he publicly supported the protests in Ukraine and denounced the annexation of Crimea by Russia.

Akunin has denied the accusations and said that he is ready to face trial in Russia if he is guaranteed a fair and open process. He also said that he considers himself a patriot of Russia and that he respects its history and culture. He added that he believes that the investigation is politically motivated and aimed at silencing his voice as an opposition figure.

Find out about Boris Akunin's books on Amazon.

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