A popular Russian blogger and radio journalist has called on the country’s top literary prize to be awarded to a disabled writer Ruben Gallego.
The Russian writer of Spanish descent fell on to railway tracks in Washington DC a week ago and is now being treated in a local hospital.
He has already won the yearly Booker-Russia prize for his memoir about the upbringing in Soviet orphanages in 2003.
This makes him eligible to compete for the Russian Booker of the Decade award, which comes with a 600,000-ruble prize purse.
The journalist is now calling the jury and all other writers who stand in the competition to award the money to Gallego.