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Garry Kasparov discusses his book “Winter Is Coming” at Aspen Institute | 05.04.2016


The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series featured Garry Kasparov, former World Chess Champion, and Russian pro-democracy leader, discussing his recent book “Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped” (PublicAffairs Books).

Conversations with Bill Kristol | Part II

In his second conversation with William Kristol, Garry Kasparov discusses Russian and American politics since the end of the Cold War and offers his account of the rise of Vladimir Putin and how we should understand Putin and his rule over Russia. In his discussion of post-Cold War history, Kasparov highlights many missed opportunities both in Russia and the U.S., which have enabled anti-Western leaders to strengthen their positions. Now living in the U.S., Kasparov also shares his impressions of America—both its inherent strengths and the challenges America faces today.

For more conversations, visit http://conversationswithbillkristol.org

Russia Wins $50 Billion Ruling in Decade-Old Fight With Yukos

Another example of two dangerous trends. One, how Putin’s Russia uses and abuses the openness of the free world’s institutions—criminal justice and courts, the media, the political system. Two, Europe’s desire to sweep any conflicts under the rug, hoping they will go away. Much as with the official Dutch response to the shooting down of MH17 and two hundred Dutch passengers by Putin’s forces in Ukraine, and the UK covering up the Litvinenko investigation for a decade.

It’s bizarre to me that a Dutch court could essentially overrule an international court in this way, but the EU bureaucracy has limitless ways to cover its tracks and to avoid taking action. As usual, western policy in the 21st century is “say it’s too difficult until it becomes impossible”. Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky was a political prisoner for a decade in Putin’s gulag, and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg decided Russia owed Yukos shareholders 1.9 billion euros. A separate arbitration panel put a price of 50 billion dollars on how Putin’s cronies robbed and looted the world’s largest oil company. This would put pressure on Europe to collect by going after the companies and assets of many of Putin’s buddies—a tough battle they clearly have no appetite for.

Of course, Putin immediately signed a law saying Russia is exempt from such decisions, making the long-standing double-standard official. Russia uses Interpol to harass Kremlin critics worldwide but harbors accused suspects, such as the main suspect in the polonium poisoning of British citizen Litvinenko in 2006. (Not just protecting him, installing him as a member of the Russian parliament!) Russia should be ejected from global institutions if it has no respect for them.Read More

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