21 ( +1 | -1 ) Does'nt come as any surprise Putin does not like anyonewho speaks against him, in the wonderful democracy that is now Russia!!! What will be a bigger surprise is if arresting him shuts him up!!!
44 ( +1 | -1 ) Kasparov's new focus..............PRISON CHESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, I wonder if a new book will be forthcoming, a' la Fischer's re: the Pasadena incident. Remember Gary, on your first day in the joint make sure to challenge and beat the biggest, baddest inmate in a game of chess. Otherwise, you'll be somebody's patzer - and no amount of opening preparation will do you much good. Good luck champ:)
250 ( +1 | -1 ) Good Luck Garry~! But ...he's picked an awfully tough battle to fight. * * * * * I was reading one of the hyperlinks, present in the article cairo links to, which was the April 13,2007 edition of "MSN Money" ... There it cites Kasparov's greivance against Putinism to be that it made a false democracy; one in which a large part of the country's wealth is controlled by a small elite group that is kept in office. (Boy that sounds familiar~! Isn't that the same as in ... um, everywhere?! :) * * * * * It's my understanding Kasparov has been politically active & vocal for some years now. Apologies to Garry if I am wrong on this; but I think it was he who gave an interview somewhat critical of Mr. Gorbachov during his tenure as leader of the Soviet Union; saying that the Western world saw Mr. G as being more magnanimous & inherently liberal, as a leader, than the Soviet population did; and that many of the reforms during that time were brought about by public pressure upon the government moreso than being from any intrinsic desire to change being held by the leadership of the time. I wish I could recall now where the interview appeared. I do know his outspokeness has not been limited to appearing only in Chess related publications, of "The West" * * * * * Of course, most of us are probably aware that Kasparov once started an association for GM's/professional Chess players, to rival F.I.D.E. ; and take over the World Championship cycle and match... Which led to a divided crown, with both organizations crowning their own World Champions. *** So his present political crusade is not the first time Garry has focused himself & his keen intellegence and political savvy upon matters at hand and taken an outspoken stand. Personally, I do not know enough about Russia or the former Soviet Union to have any fair judgement as to the validity of his criticisms over the years nor the significance of those he currently holds ... but hopefully this will not be the last time he is able to voice his views and seek the reforms he espouses. As one of the articles from cairo 's link says ... the protesters are in a precarious position wherein their health, jobs and other essentials cannot be taken for granted . While Garry surely has little concern for his own job security ... there are always the matters of health, freedom and family to bear in mind. I hope our former WC has not "bitten off more than he can chew", as the saying goes.