Wednesday, July 6, 2005

KASPAROV TO PUTIN: CHECKMATE!

Is Putin checkmate?

In the news: Checkmating Putin is chess king's gambit (Chicago Tribune / Yahoo! News). [Via Sploid's post, Chess Champ Takes On Putin.]

Kasparov is convinced Putin will either try to change Russia's constitution to allow for a third successive term or install a surrogate whom he can direct from behind the scenes. He won't rule out running for the presidency in 2008, but he said his current focus is Putin's ouster from power.

Kasparov has discussed alliances with other Russian liberal democrats, but those talks have stalled because, as Kasparov said, other liberal politicians are unwilling to go as far in denouncing Putin as he is. (News.Yahoo.com / Chicago Tribune, 07/05/05.)


Related: My post, KASPAROV ATTACKED IN MOSCOW.