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Talking Policy: Garry Kasparov on Putin’s Russia | World Policy Journal | 02.05.2016

This long interview with World Policy Journal is a useful summary of my thoughts on what Putin is doing, why he is doing it, and what the future holds.

February 5, 2016

WORLD POLICY JOURNAL: In the book, you recall a question you asked a European Union official in 2005: “What would it take for Europe to stop treating Putin like a democrat? Maybe if all opposition parties are banned? Or what if they started shooting people in the street?” Seeing as opposition parties have indeed been banned in Russia, and with Boris Nemtsov’s murder in February 2015, Europe and the U.S. have still not made any significant moves to stand up to Putin. We ask you: what would it take for Europe—and the U.S.—to stop treating Putin like a democrat?

GARRY KASPAROV: I don’t think they are treating him as a democrat any longer. We definitely saw quite a significant change in the assessment of Putin, but not in the behavior. I think today, as opposed to 2005 and 2006, they know that Putin is a brutal dictator. Before, they believed that Russia could be a fragile democracy, and Putin was the best Russia could hope for. They now know that he’s capable of murdering people and invading neighboring countries, but still see no way of confronting him openly because of the conclusion that upsetting the status quo could be more damaging than simply playing into Putin’s hands. We saw it with the latest revelation of Litvinenko’s murder and the reaction of the Dutch government to the MH17 tragedy. They know who Putin is, but there is no political will to confront him, as he deserves.


The Exchange: Keeping Putin in check |@Reuters

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 12:20

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov joins Jeffrey Goldfarb to discuss Russia, Ukraine, and his new book “Winter Is Coming”

Garry Kasparov takes on the Russian surveillance state (Q&A) | Jan 21st, 2016


Republished with permission from The Pharallax.

Original article published at  Parallax.com

PRAGUE—Garry Kasparov is known as a chess grandmaster, but his political and human rights activism against Russian leader Vladimir Putin has earned him a second life.

The youngest-ever world champion of chess, who spent 225 weeks out of 228 as the top-ranked chess player across the globe, has refocused his life from competitive chess to being a rake at the Kremlin door. He felt strongly enough about opposing President Vladimir Putin that he led the political party trying to unseat him in 2005. Kasparov ran against Putin in Russia’s 2008 elections but claimed that political opposition derailed his campaign and stifled public support.

Since then, Kasparov turned his attention to human rights issues, decrying corruption in the professional chess world and in Putin’s Russia. In 2012, he became chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, which he still leads. He blames Putin for the murder of his friend Boris Nemtsov, the Russian political opposition leader shot and killed near the Kremlin on February 27.

A few weeks later, Kasparov testified about Putin’s policies in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. And in October, he published his 15th book, Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped, which demanded that world leaders stop the Putin administration’s aggressions in Russia, Crimea, Syria, and elsewhere.… Read More

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