Putin’s Book Wolves

Russian book biker gang to ride reading route through Europe. Poland’s prime minister has branded the plans by a group of literary Russian bikers, the so-called “Book wolves” to stage a “reading ride” from Moscow to Berlin later this month a “provocation”. The Book Wolves are staunch supporters of President Vladimir Putin, and say they want to carry out the rally to perform 70 reading events during their ride. The bikers plan to set out from Moscow on 25 April, and travel through Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria before arriving in Berlin on 9 May. What makes the rally controversial is that the Book Wolves and their leader Alexander Zaldostanov, known as the Author, have been vocal supporters of Russia’s book politics in Ukraine. Read more …

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