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Corriere della Sera - Italy | 16/12/2008

Europe's silence on Putin's dictatorship

The liberal Italian daily Corriere della Sera publishes an open letter by former world chess champion and Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov which reads like an indictment of Europe. "On March 2, 2008, Dmitry Medvedev was voted in as Russian president. It is difficult not to write the word voted in quotation marks. In Russia, democracy and votes are not to be put on a par. On the following day things got even worse. Leading politicians in the West applauded Medvedev's fraudulent rise to power. ... We in the opposition had hoped the Western democracies would sharply criticise the return of arbitrariness and despotism in Russia. ... But the free world made it clear that democracy is a fiction, a disguise behind which business can be done. ... The highpoint of Putin's immunity was the Russian invasion of Georgia the moment South Ossetia provided the chance. Putin had no reason to fear the West's reaction. The true catastrophe that allowed him to shed innocent blood came on March 3 when the international community missed the last opportunity to sound the alarm at Putin's dictatorship."

Die Welt - Germany | 07/11/2008

Garry Kasparov on Obama's chances in Russia

Former chess champion and current leader of the Other Russia coalition Garry Kasparov analyses in Die Welt newspaper how newly elected US president Barack Obama could deactivate the Kremlin's propaganda against America: "His victory breaks with a familiar image of America that was created in Soviet times. ... Unfortunately there are many in our country who talk about racism in America without even recognising the racism and xenophobia in their own country. But the only thing that will really count is whether Obama behaves differently. He won't have much time, his 'window of opportunity' will only be open for a brief period. The crises to which we are exposed are too serious for the new American president's reprieve to last for long. ... He could make a good start by making it clear that he does not see the people of Russia as America's enemies. As in most authoritarian states, Putin does not represent the majority of the people. The Kremlin propaganda machine works hard to cast America as an opponent. Obama could break this deadlock with one swift blow if he spoke out against the dictatorial leaders in Russia and the rest of the world more clearly than he did in his speech after his election victory."

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | 09/08/2007

Garry Kasparov on Don Putin

To understand Putin's regime, the dissident Garry Kasparov recommends having a look at Mario Puzo as opposed to the classic readings of political science: "If you are in a real hurry [...] you may prefer the DVD section, where you can find Mr. Puzo's works on film. 'The Godfather' trilogy is a good place to start," writes Kasparov in an article reprinted in 'The Wall Street Journal'. "A historian looks at the Kremlin today and sees elements of Mussolini's 'corporate state,' Latin American juntas and Mexico's pseudo-democratic PRI machine. A Puzo fan sees the Putin government more accurately: the strict hierarchy, the extortion, the intimidation, the code of secrecy and, above all, the mandate to keep the revenue flowing. In other words, a mafia. If a member of the inner circle goes against the Capo, his life is forfeit."

Der Standard - Austria | 19/04/2007

Russia's opposition

Why did a few thousand demonstrators cause the Russian government to panic and provoke brutal police action last weekend in Moscow? Russia correspondent Eduard Steiner discussed this with Garry Kasparov of the Russian opposition party "The Other Russia". "By our standards, a few thousand demonstrators are a breakthrough in awareness, particularly as they risk so much. The state is afraid that suddenly ten times as many people will take to the streets. ... Our demonstrators come from a broad demographic spectrum. People are afraid that the whole country will fall apart if they start to protest. They fear things will get even worse if the corrupt system disappears, and that 1991 will repeat itself. This is a deep-seated psychological trauma."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 23/03/2007

Garry Kasparov on multicultural Russians

In an interview with Reinhard Meier Garry Kasparov, former chess world champion and opposition candidate, talks about what could define the Russian identity in the future. "There is currently a big debate in Russia about what makes a Russian Russian. I consider myself to be Russian. Most people in Russia probably see me as a Soviet chess champion and also as someone of whom the Russian state is proud. I was born in Baku in what was then the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan - like a Brit who was born in India or a Frenchman who was born in Algiers - and moved to Moscow when the empire collapsed. I believe that in the long term a definition of Russian identity will prevail that is not primarily about people's ethnic origins but about whether one identifies with Russia and its culture - somewhat like America with its melting-pot principle."

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