Reports | November 30, 2007 1:03

Kasparov weer vrij manKasparov released

[lang_nl]Na vijf dagen vastgezeten te hebben is Garry Kasparov vandaag vrijgelaten. In een korte verklaring noemde Kasparov het arrest een voorbeeld van Ruslands overgang naar een dictatoriaal regime. Verder zag hij het als een waarschuwing en dat hij de volgende keer als een crimineel berecht zal worden.[/lang_nl][lang_en]After a five-day detention, Garry Kasparov has been released today. In a brief statement Kasparov called his arrest an example of Russia's transition into a dictatorship. He also stated that the arrest was meant as a warning and that next time it would be a criminal case.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Michael Greengard (Mig), die dagelijks werkt voor Kasparov, schrijft:

"Ik sprak net met Garry die thuis zit, waar hij te maken heeft met een zondvloed aan verslaggevers. Hij was eerst in het geheim naar een politiebureau gereden vanwaar hij in een kolonelswagen naar huis is gebracht omdat ze een sc?ɬ®ne met veel media en aanhangers wilden vermijden. Hij klinkt goed, klaar om vuur te spugen vanaf de pagina's van de Wall Street Journal. Hij zei dat hij voldoende vrije tijd had gehad om aan een artikel te werken."

Afgelopen dinsdag heeft niemand minder dan Anatoly Karpov geprobeerd om Kasparov te bezoeken, maar hem werd de toegang geweigerd, volgens Marina Litvinovich, een belangrijk lid van Kasparovs United Civil Front, die met persbureau Reuters sprak. "Karpov is lid van de Publieke Kamer (een overheidscontrolerend orgaan) en hij heeft het recht iedereen die vast zit te bezoeken. Maar toch lieten ze hem er niet in," zei ze. "Karpov wilde waarschijnlijk morele ondersteuning geven of kijken wat de condities waren waarin Kasparov werd vastgehouden."[/lang_nl][lang_en]Michael Greengard (Mig), who works for Kasparov on a daily basis, writes:

"Just talked to Garry at his home, where he's deluged with several rings of reporters. He was moved secretly to a different police station and then actually driven home in a colonel's car because they wanted to avoid all a big scene with all the media and supporters outside the jail. He sounds good, ready to spit fire in the pages of the Wall Street Journal. He said he had plenty of free time to work on an article."

Last Tuesday, nobody else than Anatoly Karpov tried to visit Kasparov, but access to his old rival was denied, according to Marina Litvinovich, a senior member of Kasparov's United Civil Front, who spoke to Reuters. "Karpov is a member of the Public Chamber (collective government oversight body) and has the right to visit those detained. All the same, they would not let him in," she said. "Karpov must have been seeking to extend moral support or see the conditions in which Kasparov is being held."[/lang_en]

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Felix's picture

@Patzer: Mmh? What do you mean? I don't understand what you want to tell us...

Anyway, Russia is far away from democracy and it's a shame that not many countries have enough courage to take some steps against this regime. I remember the UK did some things after litwinenko was murdered (obviously a political murder), I would like more reactions from other countries.

Also the argument that Russia is not ready for democracy isn't true (I think), it's like if someone would say in the 1930s "Germany isn't ready for democracy"...

Patzer's picture

It was only a questiont U$ 40,00 fee.
He wanted this after the result of next election is knwon, he will loose. Nobody feels fine in a prison or in a bus going to there.
A great chessplayer. A democratic man??? I do not believe!

Philipp Somrowsky's picture

Kasparov hurries from TV show to TV show to promote his book and his presidency, plays a simul in Belgium, leads a demonstration in Petersburg and gets jailed and all this in less than a month. You gotta admit he isn't sitting around.

What I like most about the story is the fact that he really forced Putin, a former KGB, into a stupid move. By arresting Kasparov Putin showed what he thinks about freedom of speech while the whole world was watching.

And last bur not least, shouldn't every chess player get sentimental over the fact that Karpov, Kasparov's former arch rival, tried to visit him in jail. I'm especially touched by the fact that he tried to leave a chess mag for his old foe.

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