Video: Garry Kasparov on Putin, Russia’s economy and his own safety

posted at 9:28 am on October 22, 2007 by Bryan

In September Russian chess master Garry Kasparov announced that he would run for president against Vladimir Putin. Ironically and tellingly, Kasparov’s best means of getting his message across to Russian voters is evidently to appear on US TV and in American and European publications. In this interview on CNN’s Late Edition, Kasparov talks about why he’s running for the Russian presidency and what his chance of winning are, about Putin’s becoming both a billionaire while in office and becoming Russia’s “spiritual leader” after leaving office, and about Kasparov’s own security in light of his open opposition to the Putin regime. The interview has been edited for brevity.

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Sharp, SHARP guy. He’d have an innumerable amount of enemies if he got elected, but at least he seems to be well aware of the danger of his actions. Looks like he can be a hell of a politician, and might actually spell some good tidings if he can overcome the oh-so-honest polling numbers from the Russian government.

MadisonConservative on October 22, 2007 at 9:59 AM

Could it be that the more anti-American Putin becomes, the more pro-Putin CNN and its liberal ilk become? Just an educated guess, based on liberal media behavior during the Cold War.

Halley on October 22, 2007 at 9:59 AM

Brave man, considering Putin’s intolerance for dissension.

Slublog on October 22, 2007 at 10:48 AM

The fact that CNN and Blitzhead would put up a Russian opinion poll about Putin’s popularity and pretend (they have to be pretending right… I mean, can they be THAT stupid?) that it’s anything but propaganda is nauseating.

Sugar Land on October 22, 2007 at 10:52 AM

Takeaway quote, “Expenses Nationalized and Profits Privatized.”

- The Cat

MirCat on October 22, 2007 at 12:03 PM

In the unlikely event of him being elected, he will get assassinated within a few weeks. And certainly, no Russian general will support him, so if no assassination, ten he’ll just be coup’d out of power.

Russia has a very long way to go, unfortunately…

AlexB on October 22, 2007 at 12:37 PM

Thankfully the Cold War and the battle between communism and capitalism is over. Didn’t Pres. Clinton say so?

Sultry Beauty on October 22, 2007 at 1:25 PM

I thought he would be a typical chess nerd, instead he seems to be very outspoken and lucid. But Putin, being the oligarch he is, would never allow himself to lose an election. Compared to Putin, Amadinejad is just a pimple on Putin’s ass.

jihadwatcher on October 22, 2007 at 2:39 PM

Wolf is a mixed bag of pathetic leftist and moderate partisan Democrat, and his quoting of the police-state “public opinion poll” was pathetic. Kasparov effortlessly put him in check.

Wolf came back eventually with a short list of opposition and democratic figures who have been assassinated, to his credit.

I seem to recall the stunning irony of Kasparov the Russian airing strongly pro-American comments after hearing the usual conspiracy-fed anti-American leftist tripe from American Bobby Fischer. So it goes.

Jaibones on October 22, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Russia! Come back! Come back!

Russia is slipping back away, folks…

Zach on October 22, 2007 at 3:44 PM

Wow, I hadn’t heard the name Vladimir Posner in a long time. I figured he and Phil Donahue had shacked up somewhere.

Alan on October 22, 2007 at 5:02 PM

A more interesting clip, imo, was his appearance on Bill Maher’s show. For instance, when Maher mentioned Putin’s “approval rating”, his response was that “with the same tight control of the media and pervasive security force, Bush and Cheney could enjoy the same approval rating here.”

VerbumSap on October 22, 2007 at 5:44 PM

Several years ago the pro-Kremlin forces have launched a massive campaign to present Kasparov as a crazy person, very similar to the typical nutroot leftard.

Sokrovenno on October 22, 2007 at 5:52 PM