Garry Kasparov Jailed for Protesting

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts by this former chess champion and current leader of the opposition party in Russia, The Other Russia, and I have been absolutely impressed.  He embodies in politics all that I wish for not only Russia, but for America as well.  The more I listened to his political views, the more I was impressed by his trenchant arguments against Putin.  But I realized that the Russian government is also aware of his persuasive abilities and I worry that he may meet the same fate of many other Russian dissidents.  I don’t want to go so far as to say that he will be dead within a year, I’m just saying that he is powerful, well-informed and challenging an authority who has no tolerance for opposition.  I’m just worried.  Russia needs voices like his.  I hope his chess celebrity can protect him from the fates that came to Anna Politkovskaya and Alexander Litvenenko.

Riot police officers detain Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov

When I heard that he was jailed after a protest in Moscow on the 24th, I got really nervous.  Although I had been predicting that the Russian government would off him, I was really hoping that my predictions would be false.  The other strange thing is how little I could find on the internet about the incident in both Russian and English.  This quote from Kasparov’s wife inspired me to post this blog and to see if I can get a little bit more info about the situation out:

“Of course we are very worried, especially after hearing the police at the court say they had been ordered in advance to arrest Garry specifically. Who knows what they have planned for him? And why can’t we visit him?

We are asking everyone to get this story out and to let Putin know that the world is watching and that he will be responsible if any further harm comes to Garry.”

Read more articles at The Other Russia’s Website:

http://www.theotherrussia.org/2007/11/25/no-visitors-or-phone-calls-for-jailed-kasparov/

 Associated Press:

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hvdp-RXmy8BBZfiWj5TiaEE7HiFgD8T4560G0

BBC News:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6554989.stm

Novaya Gazeta: 

http://www.novayagazeta.ru/news/182145.html  (in russian)

And to listen to some brilliant interviews with Kasparov:

Awesome interview with Bill Maher:

http://onegoodmove.org/1gm/1gmarchive/2007/10/bill_maher_garr.html

Interview with the New Yorker:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/2007/10/01/071001on_audio_kasparov

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