Saturday, November 24, 2007

Chess Master Arrested

Chess expert Gary Kasparov was arrested at a rally organized by his "Other Russia" coalition. The rally was a group of about 3,000 people calling for the removal of Putin and criticizing the lack of choice in the upcoming parliamentary election. The trouble apparently began when 100 people tried to break through police lines.

Here is what Time magazine had to say about Kasparov: "Garry Kasparov likes to say he has been in politics all his life. In the Soviet Union, the nation in which he grew up, chess was a way of demonstrating the superiority of communism over the decadent West, and a chess prodigy was inevitably a political figure...he took on...the darling of the Soviet chess establishment...his image as a prominent outsider—Kasparov is half Jewish, half Armenian—was fixed. Kasparov's status has been maintained in post-Soviet Russia. His organization, the Other Russia, a coalition of those opposed to the rule of President Vladimir Putin, has held a series of demonstrations, often broken up by the police... Kasparov, 44, insists he is just a moderator, not a leader, of the movement. But by giving a voice to those who believe that Russia can develop in a way different from the authoritarianism..."

In case you are interested in find out more about this, here are some links

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