Russian PEN Center is not satisfied with the Wikipedia article and will file a complaint

The Russian PEN Center will send a complaint to Wikipedia about the article not corresponding to the true state of affairs.

Russian PEN Center is not satisfied with the Wikipedia article and will file a complaint

The Russian PEN Center will send a complaint to Wikipedia regarding the article does not correspond to the true state of affairs.

At a recent meeting of the Russian PEN Center, it was decided to “Send a complaint to Wikipedia about an article about the Russian PEN Center that does not correspond to the true state of affairs, and make changes to it,” appointing writer Marina Kudimova as a responsible member of the executive committee. The decision of the organization does not indicate the subject of the complaint, as well as what specific inaccurate information is contained in the Wikipedia article. As Wikipedia itself clarifies, the OTRS service, which responds to correspondence sent to the Wikimedia Foundation, did not receive any letters.

Perhaps we are talking about an article that contains information about a recent scandal involving the organization associated with the expulsion from the Russian PEN Center of a journalist and one of the founders of the Dissernet project Sergey Parkhomenko, as well as the split within PEN that followed this -center:

“In January 2017, Vice President Alexander Gorodnitsky announced the resignation of his duties as vice president due to the growing conflicts around the PEN Center. Executive Committee – Boris Bartfeld, Efim Bershin, Alexey Varlamov, Konstantin Kedrov, Marina Kudimova, Mikhail Kuraev, Afanasy Mamedov, Yuri Miloslavsky, Andrey Novikov-Lanskoy, Daniel Orlov, Vladislav Otroshenko, Vyacheslav Pietsukh. As a sign of disagreement with the rhetoric and actions of the Executive Committee, Yevgeny Bunimovich and Yevgeny Sidorov announced their withdrawal from the PEN leadership after the expulsion of journalist Sergei Parkhomenko. This exception occurred in December 2016 at a closed meeting of the executive committee. Marina Vishnevetskaya was also severely reprimanded and Grigory Petukhov's membership was suspended for a year. In response, 47 writers wrote a letter of protest. Many members of the Russian PEN Center, including Boris Akunin, Svetlana Aleksievich, Vladimir Voinovich, Vladimir Sorokin, announced their withdrawal from the Russian PEN Center. In their statements, they wrote about disagreement with the policy of the leadership and the usurpation of power, about the impossibility of conducting human rights activities under the current leadership, about the departure from the Charter and violations of the charter, etc. In response to the statement of S. Aleksievich, the Executive Committee stated that she had never was a member of the Russian PEN Center, but was immediately convicted of lying. The ideological split of the Russian PEN Center continues.”

Journalist and publisher Sergei Parkhomenko was expelled from the Russian PEN Center at the beginning of January 2017 at a meeting of the organization's Executive Committee at the end of December last year, which was attended by nine people in person and seven in absentia.They voted unanimously for the exclusion of Parkhomenko.

A group of PEN members demanded that the decision of the executive committee of the Russian PEN Center to expel Sergei Parkhomenko be cancelled. After the decision of the executive committee to expel the journalist Sergei Parkhomenko, the following left the PEN club: Boris Akunin, Lev Rubinstein, Alexander Ilichevsky, Svetlana Aleksievich, Timur Kibirov, Olga Sedakova, Varvara Gornostaeva, Alexei Motorov, Eduard Uspensky, Oleg Khlebnikov.

Over the past few years, due to disagreement with the policy of the organization's leadership, the Russian PEN Center has left: Sergey Kostyrko, Igor Irteniev, Lev Timofeev, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Natalya Mavlevich, Vladimir Mirzoev, Lyubov Summ, Irina Yasina, Olga Timofeeva, Zoya Svetova, Irina Surat, Boris Khersonsky, Nune Barseghyan, Grigory Revzin, Viktor Shenderovich, Vladimir Voinovich, Sergei Gandlevsky, Dmitry Bavilsky.

PEN Club is an international human rights non-governmental organization that brings together professional writers, poets and journalists working in various literary genres. The Russian PEN Center, the idea of ​​which belongs to Vladimir Voinovich, was founded in 1989. True, from the very beginning of its activity, the organization immediately came into conflict with its ideological father, after which he declared that such a PEN is not needed.

Recently, the Russian PEN Center stood up for Evgenia Chudnovets, a kindergarten teacher from Yekaterinburg, who received six months of real life for reposting a video with bullying of a child, demanding that Russian President Vladimir Putin intervene “in order, firstly, to immediately change the conditions of detention of Evgenia Chudnovets and, secondly, to thoroughly understand the situation”, since “civil and human activity aimed at protecting children should not become a reason for criminal prosecution.”

Sergei Parkhomenko is a Russian publisher, journalist and radio host, columnist, political observer, one of the co-founders and activists of the Dissernet network community, which has been conducting public examinations of candidate and doctoral dissertations defended in Russian scientific and educational institutions since the late 1990s and in the widest possible publication of the results of such examinations. Dissernet found, in particular, plagiarism in the dissertation of one of the authors of the law on news aggregators deputy from Fair Russia Alexei Kazakov. “Borrowing” and “violations of academic ethics” were found in many other odious politicians, such as Vladimir Burmatov (“United Russia”), the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachev, the head of the Ministry of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, etc.